NBN Co announced today that it had become the first Australian commercial network operator to join the Open Networking Foundation (Australia’s AARNet is an ONF “collaborator”).“By investigating open-source software and building on the work already done by the ONF, we can aim to drive programmable network architectures through disaggregation of control,” NBN Co’s chief technology officer, Ray Owen, said in a statement. “This will help to enable us to achieve a faster time to market with our wholesale products and deeper systems integration with retail service providers.” ONF counts as members some of the world’s best-known technology companies including Google, Intel, Cisco, DellEMC, Huawei and Microsoft, as well as network operators such as AT&T, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and China Unicom. In a statement NBN Co said that membership of the foundation would give it “global insights as the telecommunications … [Read more...] about NBN Co eyes faster time to market with programmable network push
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New South Wales’ Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has made 15 recommendations to the state’s Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, including that DFSI strengthen its screening of potential contractors. The recommendations came out of an inquiry focused on the conduct of DFSI project manager Steven Prestage, who ICAC claimed had engaged in “serious corrupt conduct”. ICAC today released its findings from Operation Yarrow, with the anti-corruption body alleging that Prestage had engaged in an elaborate scheme to deceive DFSI and dishonestly net himself more than $500,000 over a five-month period. Prestage was engaged as a project manager to work on DFSI’s ‘Clarity Project’ (based on CA Technologies’ Clarity Project Portfolio Management application). ICAC’s investigation was sparked by a February 2017 report from DFSI’s secretary to the commission.The commission’s report of its investigation states … [Read more...] about Anti-corruption body urges NSW department to watch for contractor ‘red flags’
Australia's open banking framework still being developed, but earlier this week the UK’s open banking regime celebrated its first anniversary.The UK's open banking 'revolution' didn't arrive in year one of the grand project — but to think that it would have done might be missing the point entirely.While YouGov research from August showed that 72 percent of UK adults had never heard of open banking, the success of the regulation should be measured more by overall adoption of open banking-enabled services, and less on name recognition. Jed Murphy, UK head of strategy and innovation at Cardlytics put it best when he told Computerworld UK: "Most people knew there wouldn't be a 'big bang' moment with open banking. But even as we approach the end of 2018, it is some way off from effecting real consumer change."Old habits die hard when it comes to your personal finances, particularly around privacy. If entrenched customer behaviour is going to change, concerns must be tackled … [Read more...] about Open banking one year on in the UK: where is it at?
Telstra today revealed that it had purchased additional capacity on the New Cross Pacific (NCP) Cable as well as undertaken a “further investment” in the FASTER cable system. FASTER lands in Japan, Taiwan and the US west coast. NCP connects Japan, the US, Taiwan and China. The telco didn’t reveal the scope of capacity it has added on the NCP but said it was its “first large capacity purchase” on the system, nor did it outline details of its additional FASTER investment. Today’s announcements build on a string of recent investments by the telco in subsea cable routes. In January last year the company revealed it would purchase a half fibre pair on the Hong Kong Americas (HKA) cable, connecting Hong Kong to the US west coast. Telstra also said it would purchase 6 terabits of capacity on the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), which will also connect Hong Kong to the US. PLCN and HKA are both expected to be completed in 2020. In December, Telstra … [Read more...] about Telstra adds transpacific capacity to subsea cable network
Victorian government employees have been warned about what is believed to be a phone-based social engineering campaign targeting the state’s public sector, possibly ahead of a phishing campaign designed to collect employee credentials. A spokesperson for the Department of Premier and Cabinet confirmed to Computerworld that a warning had been issued after a “small number of staff from some government departments” late last week received calls. “The callers asked staff to confirm their name and workplace contact details,” the spokesperson said. “Staff deemed the calls to be suspicious and did not provide any information to the callers.” Call recipients are understood to have been told that they would receive an email.The Herald Sun in late December revealed that an unknown third party had downloaded the work details of “tens of thousands” state government employees. The breach involved the Victorian government directory, the paper … [Read more...] about Victorian government on alert over social engineering campaign