Stories by James Hutchinson

Myki remains as Vic Govt spares IT

The Victorian Government will retain the myki public transport smart card system, despite cost blowouts and failure to satisfy commuters.

Satellite in crosshairs for 10 year spectrum goal

The communications regulator is gearing up for discussions with C-band satellite operators in an attempt to migrate a portion of the spectrum required for the television broadcast services to meet growing demand for mobile broadband.

Asset management review called for RailCorp

A technical investigation into the signalling issues that caused delays to 40 per cent of the Sydney metro rail network in early April has recommended a complete review of RailCorp asset management protocols to more clearly define refresh cycles for critical equipment.

Communications issues bane of NBN existence

Continued discussion over who should gain responsibility for primary communication of the National Broadband Network (NBN) to end-users has continued to mount as industry, communities and network wholesaler come to grips with their respective roles in the process.

Tasmanian towns trial NBN fibre extension

The seven stage 2 National Broadband Network sites in Tasmania will be first to trial a community-funded extension of the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) footprint beyond the 93 per cent currently mandated by government.

Optus delays mobile storage lockers

Optus is in preparations to launch its own version of popular storage locker service Dropbox, allowing mobile customers to back up their data to the telco’s storage infrastructure.

AMA calls for $328m Victorian e-health initiative

The Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for more than $18 million in funding over four years from the state government to roll out iPads and supporting infrastructure to doctors.

A shade of Green: The virtual conundrum

Energy efficiency has long been touted as a major benefit of virtualisation. After all, fewer physical servers — or any other hardware for that matter — will ultimately require less power to run, need less cooling, and take up less data centre space.

Ergon to host geo data in Google Cloud

Queensland energy utility, Ergon Energy, will move future geospatial data into a Google-hosted public Cloud platform from August this year, a move expected to save more than $44 million over five years.

Opinion: NBN role committee a Dixer of a time

Parliamentary inquiries and committees are rarely, if ever, objective. They are, after all, made up of politicians who must ultimately toe the party line in any and all public circumstances.

Black markets sprout in IP address shortage

With only days passed since the Asia Pacific regional internet registry initiated a severely reduced allocation policy for Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), ‘black’ markets have begun to appear for operators and address holders to trade address between themselves.

AARNet unleashes Cloud storage on educated masses

The Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet) has pushed its storage-as-a-service offering, CloudStor, into general availability for all members of the service provider’s network, following a year-long alpha test.

Test customers go live on Armidale NBN

The first mainland National Broadband Network (NBN) services have gone live, with users in Armidale reporting operational fibre access to the $36 billion network.

NBN costs weigh on uni student market

James Cook University has warned of the potential for the National Broadband Network (NBN) to price university students out of the broadband market without continued monitoring of regional fibre backhaul competition.