Want the cheapest broadband in the world? Move to Iran

An evaluation of 3351 individual broadband plans in 196 countries has found that Iran offers the cheapest plan, with an average cost of US$5.37 per month. Burkina Faso was the most expensive with an average of US$954.54.

ARENA builds case for second interconnector for Bass Strait between Tassie and mainland

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency and TasNetworks will explore a more detailed feasibility and business case for a second Bass Strait interconnector connecting grids.

Retail assn chief plays down Amazon impact as launch nears

The National Retail Association is playing down the impact that Amazon will have on the Australian retail sector, even as the US giant prepares to launch full-scale operations locally.

NBN Co chief coy on promise of releasing customer speeds

After suggesting earlier this month that the NBN Co would make available the speeds possible on a customer's connection, the company's chief executive Bill Morrow has again turned coy, telling a government committee that it was not the task of his company to act as the police.

Telstra closing in on halfway mark with mobile black spot rollout

Telstra is gradually closing in on the halfway mark in its rollout of 577 new base stations to eradicate mobile black spots across regional Australia.

Australian, NZ local governments face barriers to digitisation: report

Limited budgets and organisational culture is hindering digital transformation by the public sector in both Australia and New Zealand, with local governments facing the biggest barriers to digitisation, according to a new report.

WhiteHawk launches IPO ahead of ASX debut

Online cyber security advisory firm WhiteHawk has opened an initial public offering to raise $4 million as it ramps up its fledgling business ahead of an ASX listing in December.

Amazon soft launch likely today; electronics retailers may take hit

An email sent by Amazon third-party sellers indicates that the US retailing giant will begin selling on its Australian store today, with the obvious intention of stepping up things alongside Black Friday in the US.

Australia third in mobile penetration in OECD: report

Australia has the third highest rate of mobile penetration among OECD countries, behind Japan and Finland, according to a report from the OECD, which said it had 128.8 subscriptions per 100 people.

Report: Over 1.5 billion smartphones to be shipped in 2018

With global shipments set to grow 5% by 2017 end and then nearly another 5% in 2018, ever better technologies at all price points are putting the sell into your smartphone.

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