Stories by James Hutchinson

What is a femtocell?

When it comes to telecommunications, Australia isn’t usually far behind the curve. In 2010, we had the third highest number of mobile broadband subscribers per capita, our average broadband speeds are growing by the day, and let’s not forget that the National Broadband Network will be one of the few nationwide fibre-to-the-home deployments so far.

Small ISPs losers as APNIC exhausts IPv4

Developing economies and small ISPs are expected to be hardest hit by an Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) address rationing policy enacted this week by the Asia Pacific regional registry.

VHA kicks off Vodafone, 3 Mobile network upgrade

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has kicked off its $1 billion plan to replace and upgrade 8000 of its network sites over the next 18 months, with residents along the Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter region in NSW first to witness improvements in reception.

Outsource your 21st century business: Telstra

Telstra chief technology officer, Hugh Bradlow, has called on businesses to outsource their core ICT functions to specialised companies, including Cloud operators, in order to get with the 21st century.

Vantages pushes Cloud videoconferencing to SMEs

Melbourne-based communications service provider, Vantage Systems, will offer a hosted videoconferencing solution from the end of the second quarter this year in a bid to break down the barriers of proprietary systems holding back the SME market.

International bandwidth demand grows as Japan stays online

The latest report from international bandwidth market analyst firm TeleGeography has found a spike in investment into international submarine cable systems this year, but building redundancy into the networks remains the biggest challenge to cable operators.

Birks steps down as AIIA chief

Updated: Ian Birks will step down as chief executive of peak industry body the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) after three years in the role.

We need to do more on NBN communication: Conroy

Communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has flagged further attempts by stakeholders to improve take-up of National Broadband Network (NBN) services in Tasmania in coming months as the Federal Government moves to support clearer communication of the network’s technical aspects and wider benefits.

NEHTA adopts Healthelink remnants for Sydney trial

The NSW Government has successfully agreed with the lead Australian government e-health agency to integrate remnants of the Healthelink trial into the wider, $467 million personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) led by Federal Government.

AARNet looks to specialised NBN services

The Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) is in negotiations with universities covered by the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) first mainland release sites in an attempt to offer “always-on access” to students and researchers at their homes.

MGM Wireless offers Cloud to schools

IT services company MGM Wireless (ASX:MWR) has begun offering its student management systems as a Cloud-based solution in an attempt to increase availability of its solution.

Senate calls for justification on data retention

A Senate inquiry into online privacy protections has called on the Federal Government to justify its data retention proposal, include an “extensive” cost-benefit analysis and wide stakeholder consultation.

Health record concept sees public release

Health minister, Nicola Roxon, is expected to release the draft concept of operations document for the $467 million personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) as early as Friday this week, providing greater detail into the the construct and ongoing operations of the initiative.

NBN two years on: On a precipice

On the second anniversary of the National Broadband Network's announcement, Computerworld reflects on what changes - if any - it has had on the telco industry and wider society.

Victor Harbor lobbies for fibre funding

The South Australian town of Victor Harbor is hoping to raise approximately $800,000 in funding to build its own fibre loop ahead of the National Broadband Network (NBN) to meet broadband requirements of emergency services and take advantage of additional backhaul recently installed to the town.