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Aussie Broadband wins Internet Service Provider of the Year COMPANY NEWS: Aussie Broadband is delighted to announce that it has won Internet Service Provider of the Year in the 2020 Roy Morgan Annual Customer Satisfaction Awards. Naturgy signs power purchase agreement with Telstra to build 58 MW wind farm in Crookwell NSW Telstra and Naturgy, through its international power generation subsidiary Global Power Generation (GPG), announced they have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) to...

11th June 2021

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Fastly's latest response to yesterday's outage puts the blame indirectly on an unnamed customer Fastly is now saying it experienced a global outage due to an undiscovered software bug that surfaced on June 8 when it was triggered by a valid customer configuration change. Zoom Launches Zoom Phone Appliances with hardware from Poly and Yealink Zoom Video Communications, announced the launch of Zoom Phone Appliances, a new category of hardware optimised for the hybrid workforce, from home...

10th June 2021

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Overnight internet outage Internet CDN provider Fastly has admitted that last night's outage was due to a configuration error.  In a tweet issued around 9:30pm last night (AEST) Fastly said, "We identified a service configuration that triggered disruptions across our POPs globally and have disabled that configuration. Our global network is coming back online." Nokia Qualcomm and UScellular achieve over 10km range on 5G mmWave, a record Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies, and UScellular...

9th June 2021

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Apple's WWDC 2021: stop everything and watch the future of computing on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Watch, TV and more! Apple's iOS and iPadOS 15, macOS 12 Monterey, watchOS 8 and more are never more connected, secure and private, easier, more powerful and intelligent, with offline Siri, more advanced home automation, app creation on iPad, Xcode Cloud, iCloud+, sharing virtually any content in real-time on Messages and so much more. PwC Australia forms strategic alliance with SecurityAdvisor,...

8th June 2021

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NBN Special Access Undertaking Variation Discussion Paper NBN Co has realised a discussion paper to industry on proposed changes to the Special Access Undertaking (SAU) lodged with the ACCC.  The SAU sets out the framework that governs the terms on which the company supplies services to the industry.  The proposed variation includes options to change to pricing with only the Access Virtual Circuit (AVC)component, dropping the controversial Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) component...

7th June 2021

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Phone scam no more: Australia and US join forces to fight scammers Scam activity poses social and economic impact on consumers and requires commitment and cooperation. To address this, Australia and the United States join forces to fight scammers and protect consumer rights. LG explores the Future of Mobility The mobility landscape has been completely reshaped over the last few years with landmark achievements being made in electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving, and LG...

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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.