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Macquarie Telecom launches SD-LAN service Communications and data centre provider Macquarie Telecom has launched a new SD-LAN service stimulated by what it says is increased demand from its customers for greater performance, automation and intelligence in Wi-Fi networks, and cloud connectivity. Ericsson announces 5G massive MIMO and RAN compute products European telecommunications provider Ericsson has announced three new massive MIMO radios and six new RAN compute products to help with 5G...

23rd February 2021

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Apple wants engineers to work on 6G wireless 5G wireless is only just finally rolling out widely around the world, with networks nowhere near complete, but Apple is looking to the future, and wants engineers to work on developing 6G technology. WhatsApp users to lose functionality after deadline for privacy changes WhatsApp users will be unable to read or send messages from the app soon after the 15 May deadline for its new changes in privacy expires, the company says in an FAQ. Viber...

22nd February 2021

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ACCC: 8.1m broadband connections now on the NBN, more than 5.5m are 50Mbps or better  There are now more than 8.1 million household and business services connected to the NBN, according to a new ACCC report. Microsoft says Azure, Exchange source code accessed by attackers Microsoft has admitted that the malicious attackers involved in a supply chain attack gained access to some part of the source code for its Azure, Exchange and Intune products. NBN Co Bonuses A total of $78...

19th February 2021

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6G communications a Trillion dollar opportunity, says IDTechEx Phone systems change every ten years, and with 5G now rolling out worldwide, IDTechEx says it is time to plan 6G communications for 2030! Optus says services 'now restored' and apologises, what are your cheapest 2nd-SIM unlimited voice and text options? Optus says its network is now working again, but if you need a second or even third SIM to put into your phone's second SIM slot, into an old phone or a cheap candy bar phone,...

18th February 2021

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Aussie Broadband announces 'bloody good' half year results to 31 Dec 2020 Aussie Broadband is the company that offers "bloody good broadband", so when we looked at its half year results, we thought they were bloody good, too! NBN Co pricing review will lead to $2 per customer price rise: Budde The options offered by the NBN Co in its latest pricing review consultation will lead to a price rise of $2 per customer no matter which option a retail service provider chooses, well-known...

17th February 2021

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Telstra blocking 1.5m scam calls a week, up from 1m a month previously Telstra has announced the third element of its "Cleaner Pipes" initiative, ensuring that its smart pipes aren't dumb, and are as clean as possible from scam callers, safeguarding "millions of Australians in the process". Catch Connect's new prepaid phone plans fight against Amaysim, Kogan and everyone for great value At just $9 per 30 days with 4GB of data, or $15 per 30 days with 18GB of data, or even a great value 90...

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The availability of information and communication technology (ICT) has assisted companies to effectively produce and market their products and services in the global market. However, the majority of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Indonesia have not adopted such technology or e-commerce to support their business activities. Based on province data (cross-section data), this study aims to examine the adoption of e-commerce by MSEs in different provinces in Indonesia. It addresses two research questions. First, how many MSEs have adopted such technology? Second, what factors influence e-commerce adoption by MSEs? The study used multiple regression to estimate empirically the impact of selected factors as independent variables on the number of MSEs that use e-commerce. It shows at least three important facts: (i) the degree of e-commerce adoption by MSEs in Indonesia is still very low; (ii) there is a positive relationship between market size in a province and the number of MSEs in the province adopting e-commerce; and (iii) in a region where all residents or households have a computer or access to the Internet, it is not always that all business actors, especially MSEs, in that region adopt e-commerce.

Due to the advance in network technologies, the number of network users is growing rapidly, which leads to the generation of large network traffic data. This large network traffic data is prone to attacks and intrusions. Therefore, the network needs to be secured and protected by detecting anomalies as well as to prevent intrusions into networks. Network security has gained attention from researchers and network laboratories. In this paper, a comprehensive survey was completed to give a broad perspective of what recently has been done in the area of anomaly detection. Newly published studies in the last five years have been investigated to explore modern techniques with future opportunities. In this regard, the related literature on anomaly detection systems in network traffic has been discussed, with a variety of typical applications such as WSNs, IoT, high-performance computing, industrial control systems (ICS), and software-defined network (SDN) environments. Finally, we underlined diverse open issues to improve the detection of anomaly systems.

The digitalisation of the economy has increased tax administrations’ traditional tax risks and introduced new tax non-compliance risks, such as the use of income suppression software and tax fraud associated with the use of alternative payment methods, such as cryptocurrencies. This study focuses on the global reform that took place among tax authorities from a tax risk management and assurance perspective. The study was executed in two phases, including a cross-national literature review to synthesise international reform regarding tax risk management and assurance in response to the digitalisation of the economy. This process was followed by interviews with risk, technology and data experts of 30 global tax authorities in order to evaluate the level of implementation of the global reform measures identified in the first research phase. The research results suggest an imbalance in reform among participants from developed and developing economies. An inability to optimise tax risk and assurance management within the digitalised economy will negatively impact the tax authorities’ ability to maximise tax collection within the digitalised economy. This is especially concerning if the significant role of digital platforms on future global economic value creation is considered.

Authored by Giles Tanner and Jock Given

This article considers five options for the future of television transmission in Australia. We begin by describing the unprecedented threats to broadcast television’s business model and power. We then set out the global picture for terrestrial TV broadcasting and options for modernising the Australian system. We do this within a framework that asks what now constitutes “television”, because the services that viewers and users now treat as TV are broader than the subset that have carried most of the public policy freight for decades. The five options we consider are: first, do nothing much apart from adopting further improvements in compression technology; second, replace the current transmission system with a new, specialised terrestrial broadcast platform; third, migrate terrestrial TV to a direct-to-home satellite platform; fourth, move over-the-air TV online; fifth, design some sort of hybrid of Options 1 to 4. Finally, we arrive at some tentative conclusions.

Authored by Simon Moorhead

Two historic papers from 1974/75 detailing the construction of the Bellenden Ker television broadcasting station in far north Queensland.

Authored by David Soldani

In response to the call by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for submissions on the development of Australia’s Cyber and Critical Technology International Engagement Strategy, this paper reviews the most critical technologies; related risks and opportunities; best practices, policies and security frameworks in other countries; relevant government, industry, civil society and academia cooperation initiatives; and proposes how Australia may became a leader in the global Cyberspace. To realise this vision, Australia should play a major role among selected international organizations; support the continuous evolution of critical technologies; adopt a proper technology security assurance scheme; and enforce a certification and accreditation process – against a predetermined set of appropriate security standards and policies – for security authorisation in Australia. This could be achieved with the formulation and implementation of an Australia’s defence-in-depth strategy, augmented by a Zero-Trust model, which enhances security for untrusted domains, and within trusted domains, and meets the baseline requirements of cyber security for the Internet of Things.