ISPs grapple with outages during COVID-19 lockdown In contrast to both the Asia Pacific region and rest of the world, the outage numbers for Internet Service Providers in Australia didn’t peak in March to coincide with the majority of Covid 19 lockdown orders, according to a new 2020 Internet Performance report. SpaceX selected by SES for Launch of new C-Band Satellites Space flight company and satellite launch provider SpaceX will launch up to three of global content connectivity...
7th August 2020
NBN satellite outage caused by extreme weather event The NBN Co's Sky Muster satellite was hit by an outage today due to an extreme weather event, with services not available from about 10.30am till 4pm. Samsung unveils a galaxy of new devices, including new foldable phone South Korean smartphone giant Samsung Electronics had its hardware bonanza night on Wednesday, revealing regular smartphones, a new foldable phone, earbuds, a new tablet and also a new digital watch. Qualcomm :...
6th August 2020
Telstra set to sell Clayton data centre for $416.7 million Australia’s largest telecommunications operator Telstra is selling its data centre complex in the south eastern Melbourne suburb of Clayton for $416.7 million to industrial property investment company Centuria Industrial REIT. Verizon gets first Ericsson 5G base station made in US US telecommunications service provider Verizon has become the first of Ericsson's 5G customers to receive an American-made commercial base station from...
5th August 2020
Australia bucks trend as global broadband speeds plunge with lockdown Global broadband speeds have dropped significantly during COVID 19 lockdown periods, according to a new report which reveals that Australia bucked the global trend with a small rise in measured speed of +5.38% during its lockdown period. Government opens applications for alternative voice services trials The Australian Government has called for applications under the Alternative Voice Services Trials program aimed at...
4th August 2020
Fletcher claims 5G misinformation being spread by state actors According to Communications Minister Paul Fletcher, people who are raising doubts about the safety of 5G — or tying it to the COVID-19 outbreak — could be state-based actors — aka spies from another country — who are spreading this misinformation to divide Australia. Telstra hit by denial of service attack, eastern states affected Australia's eastern states have been hit by an outage on Sunday morning after the country's...
3rd August 2020
ACCC loses pre-payment case appeal against TPG The Australian consumer watchdog has lost an appeal against a pre-payment scheme being used by telecommunications provider TPG Telecom, with the Full Federal Court finding for the company on Thursday. Optus launches 5G in home for wholesale partners Optus has announced it is rolling out to its wholesale postpaid partners the ability to enable and purchase services from the telco to offer 5G Home Broadband to their customers. Macquarie...
31st July 2020
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This paper examines the influence of mobile technologies on financial inclusion, and the matter of whether mobile technologies and financial inclusion have an impact on the income of individuals in East Indonesia, considering the data from the Survey on Financial Inclusion and Access (SOFIA) in 2017. A seemingly unrelated probit model and an ordinary least-squares model are used to compare both determinants of formal and informal financial services, as well as simple and smart mobile technologies. The study finds that mobile technologies and access to finance significantly increase the likelihood of higher incomes. Smart technologies and formal finance have higher effects on incomes compared to the effects of simple devices or semi-formal and informal finance. Significant gaps in financial access exist between individuals in accordance with gender, income, education, and location. Technologies account for a small difference in the broader access to financial services.
Authored by Alan Dupont
Governments and telecommunications companies have invested heavily in measures designed to protect overall system security. But these measures may not be enough if China is successful in setting the rules and designing the architecture of a new internet, because the one-party state’s internet vision reflects authoritarian values that are diametrically opposed to ours. China has suggested a radical change to the way the internet functions to the International Telecommunications Union. This would bake authoritarianism into the architecture underpinning the web, giving state-run internet service providers granular control over citizens’ use. The authoritarian state’s ability to monitor and control undersea fibre optic cables is emerging as a major national security issue for Australia and other democracies. The world could split into two separate information worlds, one led by the US and the other by China. A Balkanised internet is not in Australia’s interest. We must engage with friends and allies to come up with a fit-for-purpose world wide web that is more efficient, secure, user friendly and compatible with democracy.
Authored by David Soldani
In context, this paper starts by referencing best practices adopted globally to counteract COVID-19, through such means as testing, tracing, diagnosing and treating infections. It then presents relevant examples demonstrating where 5G, AI and Bigdata technologies have been successfully deployed via policy measures and resulting processes to keep people safe, through physical distancing and various other arrangements to slow and contain the spread of COVID-19. Beyond this, examples of unique 5G characteristics, such as improved throughput, latency and reliability, and 5G resilient network configurations (including all layers and domains supporting standard security and related enhancements) are described in detail. This is followed by illustrating particular opportunities achievable on secure and resilient 5G systems incorporating digital spill-over capability. Beyond this consideration and responding to some unfounded concerns, the paper reaffirms that 5G will not have the negative effect on people’s health about which a few individuals have speculated. Picturing all this together, conclusions are drawn on a possible way forward in which policy makers’ focus can now advance from current Smart City concepts towards a more extensive Smart Society approach.
Authored by Leith Campbell
The effect of the COVID-19 crisis on the digital economy has been profound. How and whether the widespread adoption of teleworking, telehealth and remote learning will continue after the crisis subsides is a matter for policy debate. Digital inclusion will, in any case, be important. This issue of the Journal publishes four public policy papers, two of which arise from the NBN Futures Forum in February 2020. The other two provide contrasting views on the rising influence of China on the Internet. The issue also contains five more technical papers and a historical reprint. The Journal welcomes contributions on telecommunications and the digital economy.
Nowadays, information technology (IT) has been used widely in the world. People use IT in their jobs and get the latest information about everything that happens in the world. Therefore, IT has a big impact on peoples’ lives. Information can be found easily in a news portal, social media, and a search engine. This study used social media WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook, and Instagram as the primary sources. In using social media, people can share positive (news, current research) or negative (hoax) information. Unfortunately, messages can be shared without verifying their truthfulness. Many people have used social media to share fake news and bullying. Hong Kong, France, Indonesia and Venezuela are examples of countries where a hoax has become the part of peoples’ lives. In Indonesia, the government created a Constitutional Law (CL), Undang-Undang Informasi dan Transaksi Elektronik (CL of Information and Electronic Transactions), to regulate responses to negative information and filter this kind of information. This paper analyses the effect of social media regulatory law and hoax news on social life. The results of this study show that the Indonesian CL could be useful to regulate the use of social media in other countries.