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Warning of ongoing threat to parcel delivery from phishing SMS as FluBot samples continues to ‘emerge daily’ Cybersecurity firm Avast has warned that it sees no end of the parcel delivery phishing SMS threat from a banking trojan called FluBot used to steal credentials and other personal data. TPG Telecom delivers AGM, Chairman's address, CEO and MD address to ASX TPG Telecom says it is the second largest telco in Australia, with MD and CEO Iñaki Berroeta also sharing an update on the...

7th May 2021

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Samsung renews focus on enterprise division growth with great new enterprise offerings If there's one company in the world that has the widest range of connected technologies in the world, across all sectors of consumer, business, industrial technologies and prowess, memory and CPU design and manufacture, connected appliances, and more, it's Samsung, with it's new enterprise range laser-focused on meeting the ever growing needs of enterprise customers, as the newest versions of all enterprise...

7th May 2021

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Ookla Speedtest data reveals 5G mmWave delivering speeds 16 times faster than Sub-6 GHz Qualcomm has announced real-world test results demonstrating that 5G mmWave connectivity speeds on commercial devices is 16 times faster than 5G operating solely in sub-6 GHz frequencies.  Equinix Extends Digital Edge in Canberra with Launch of Equinix Fabric On-demand interconnection service enables agile and secure access to trusted hybrid multicloud services throughout Australia and globally...

5th May 2021

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NBN Co’s latest list of suburbs and towns where 900,000 more homes are eligible for a fibre upgrade by ordering selected plans The ACT, NT and Tasmania finally join the list where suburbs will be upgrade to a fibre connection, with 1.1 million homes now announced and 2 million homes to be passed by 2023, leading to a total of 3.5 million premises to be able to access the nbn Home Ultrafast wholesale speed tier with download speeds of 500 Mbps to close to 1 Gbps.  Optus unveils Living...

4th May 2021

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Telsyte's flagship 'Australian Digital Consumer Study' reveals 'a decade of rapid change' They say a change is as good as a holiday, but despite being a universal constant (and making your pockets very heavy), the last decade saw the most rapid change in our history - with the COVID-19 tinged decade we're currently in set to see change changing at the fastest pace yet.  Helped by 5G devices, US smartphone sales show uptick in Q1 2021 Sales of smartphones in the US grew by 19% year-on-...

3rd May 2021

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Opensignal's Australian 5G user experience report April 2021 - Telstra the outright winner In the Australian battle for 5G supremacy, Telstra comes out on top, but despite Optus claiming the fastest 5G in Sydney and Melbourne, Opensignal appoints them both as joint 5G download speed winners. Opensignal's Mobile Network Experience Report for Australia, April 2021 Above, we saw the results for Australia's 5G networks, but what about Australia's mobile network experience in general, which...

30th April 2021

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Latest Journal Articles

The objective of this article is to examine factors that affect the attitude to and use of tourist mobile applications. In line with previous studies, an empirical model that integrates variables of a technological nature and others related to the design and architecture of tourist apps was proposed. An online survey of 156 millennials in Spain was carried out and the data were analysed using the partial least squares methodology. The results validated the hypotheses proposed in the model, achieving a high level of statistical prediction. The results supported that, when choosing a tourist mobile application, tourists take into consideration design aspects, such as visual design and navigation design; personal aspects, such as perceived personal outcome expectations, perceived enjoyment and subjective norm; and operational aspects, such as effort expectations, performance expectations, and conversion rate.

The purpose of this article is to assess the digital divide that exists between the general public and (active) Internet users in their support for the digitalization of public services (E-Government). In conducting this study, the SKODA AUTO University Research Team gathered data from 1,613 respondents – 611 respondents who are active Internet users (using computer-assisted web interviews) and 1,002 respondents from the general public (using pen-and-paper or computer-assisted personal interviews). Results have indicated that the divide exists, although it does not pose as considerable a challenge to the current E-Governance as is often assumed. Based on the current divide, improved ICT skills and higher Internet usage among citizens could increase overall support for the digitalization of public services by up to 20 percentage points. Data results also identified two societal segments, namely, respondents from 1) the age category 60+ years and 2) ‘Below-average income’ respondents, as particularly vulnerable and marginalized.

Authored by David Kennedy

In late 2020, Venture Insights conducted a video consumer survey of 1,003 Australian households. This paper provides an overview of the results. A television set remains the most common device for watching video, but a substantial majority of households also watch video on PCs, tablets and smartphones. Internet-connected TVs are now common. Only 24% of households currently have a 4K or better TV, but 44% of households anticipate buying a 4K TV set over the next three years. More than half of households do not subscribe to a pay-TV service. Of those which do, two-thirds have Foxtel. Netflix remains dominant in the Australian subscription video market, while its main competitors are each subscribed to by about one-fifth of households. Most survey respondents expect their video consumption to remain stable across all formats over the next year.

Authored by Jim Holmes

In 2020, Tim Hwang, a writer, lawyer and technology policy researcher based in New York, published a short book entitled Subprime Attention Crisis: Advertising and the Time Bomb at the Heart of the Internet, which seeks to analyse the issues that are developing around the business model associated with the continued operation of the Internet, at least in its current manifestation, and the weaknesses and potential instability associated with that model. The book is of particular interest because the problems and possible next developments of the “time bomb” are set out in a plausible manner, together with some discussion on possible solutions. In particular, the author makes a credible comparison of the business model of the Internet with the subprime mortgage securities sector, the collapse of which contributed to the Global Financial Crisis in 2008.

Authored by Simon Moorhead

A three-part historic paper by Alan Tulip in the Telecommunication Journal of Australia in 1988 describes the political campaign for the connection of Tasmania to the Australian mainland telecommunications network after World War I, not completed until 1936.

Authored by Leith Campbell

This editorial comes in three parts: some observations on national preparedness to capture the benefits of widespread broadband availability; some updates on the editorial team that produces the Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy; and a brief introduction to the papers in this issue.