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Government suggests expanding telco infrastructure powers

The Australian government has announced a set of proposed changes to widen the powers and immunities of telecommunications carriers to roll out, expand, and maintain fixed-line and mobile communications infrastructure. “Telecommunications carriers have a range of powers and immunities to allow for the installation and maintenance of certain network facilities, ...

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​Storage, networking markets see mixed demand in Q1

Enterprise storage systems sales were flat and Ethernet switch revenue grew in the first quarter as data center demand remains mixed, according to IDC figures. On the storage front, enterprise storage system revenue was down 0.5 percent in the first quarter to hit $9.2 billion, according to IDC. Total capacity ...

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EU to launch free WiFi4EU Internet hotspots

European Commission The EU has inked a deal to launch public Wi-Fi across member countries and give residents and tourists access to free Internet access in public areas. The European Commission revealed the scheme, agreed under the WiFi4EU initiative in Brussels together with the European Council and European Parliament on ...

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Optus to compensate customers over data reductions

Optus prepaid plans subject to reduced inclusions (Image: Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/ZDNet) The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Optus, which was found to have engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in contravention of Australian Consumer Law by promoting data inclusions that either ended ...

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Juniper Networks launches Sydney OpenLab

(Image: Corinne Reichert/ZDNet) Juniper Networks has launched its Sydney OpenLab, saying it will provide a collaboration space for customers, partners, and students in a bid to stem the skills shortage as well as develop new technologies. “OpenLab Sydney is a significant investment for Juniper, one that we truly believe in, ...

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Cisco, IBM forge security integration partnership

Cisco and IBM will integrate security products, services, and threat intelligence in a new partnership. Both companies have sizeable security businesses. Under the terms of the deal, Cisco’s security suite will integrate with IBM’s QRadar across networks, end points, and cloud. In addition, IBM Global Services will support Cisco products ...

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Akamai pins Australian peak broadband speeds at 64th globally

Australia is now ranked 64th globally for average peak connection speeds and 50th for average connection speeds across fixed-line broadband, according to Akamai’s State of the Internet report [PDF] published overnight. Average peak connection speeds for Australia were 55.7Mbps in the first quarter of 2017, which was 27 percent faster ...

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