by Tracey Grimson

Welcome to your weekly Telstra Media wrap, where we bring you the biggest news stories from the week, every Friday.

Autumn: season of my birth; falling leaves; cool but sunny days; and, of course, the kick-off – literally – of the season of the boot.

Yep, that’s right, AFL will be in full effect in Melbtown and across the rest of Australia from this time next week. I’m airing the scarves in anticipation. And before it all begins, I’m signing up for the free trial of our AFL live pass. It’s a chance to trial the only app that brings footy fans EVERY SINGLE GAME live on mobile and on tablet. Seriously, it’s a must.


by Mike Burgess

The Australian Government has now passed legislation to create a data retention scheme. Under the scheme, all telcos will be required to collect and store a significant amount of customer metadata for two years and make it available upon lawful request to certain law enforcement and national security agencies.

This means we will be legally required to collect, store and make accessible certain customer data, such as the time and duration of phone calls, originating IP addresses, the mobile phone tower connected to when initiating a call and email records. This does not extend to the content of communications.

Previously, we have highlighted the increased security risk associated with retaining more customer metadata we don’t currently need in the delivery of our services to our customers. If some of this is stored and made accessible, then we are creating what has been called a ‘honey pot’ for hackers and criminals to target.


by Stuart Bird

Recently we started topping up the data allowances for our consumer fixed broadband customers and aim to reach more than 2.5 million customers in the coming months. The data will be applied to all consumer ADSL, Cable, FTTP and NBN plans.

The extra gigabytes are a permanent addition to your plan. No conditions, easy.

This has surprised some of you, but we want to let you know it’s genuine!

The reason we’re doing this is simple: we want to say thank-you for being a Telstra customer by offering you more value on a service that you tell us is becoming more and more integral to your life every day.


by Laura Lombardi

This week on Wearable Wednesdays we’re joined by Laura Lombardi, who has joined the Social Media team as part of her graduate rotation. It didn’t take us long to notice just how fashionable Laura is, so we set her a task: to hunt down the most fashionable wearables of the moment. Here’s what she found.

Technology and fashion seem like two parallel universes. When a designer releases a new line of clothing, it doesn’t generally include technology and when a tech company releases a wearable, well often it seems anything but fashionable.

Excitingly, this is changing. Here are some of the best looking wearables on the scene, darling.


by Michael Zappone

Michael Zappone is not only a part of Telstra’s Corporate Affairs team, but has been football commentator for over 20 yearsNow in his 7th season with Fox, he has covered more than 200 games and is a regular host and weekly sideline commentator. In this piece, Michael shares his thoughts on the contender for Australia’s favourite national sports team.

Yesterday Telstra announced a new partnership with four Hyundai A-League clubs, Sydney FC, Brisbane Roar, Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City FC, expanding on our FFA agreements and further strengthening its support of the game.

And it got me thinking, the level of support for the round ball code is growing at all levels.

It prompted me to think about the recent debate played out by the CEO of Cricket Australia James Sutherland and the CEO of the Football Federation of Australia, David Gallop about the growth of the game. Which national sporting team is number one?

It is not surprising that both CEO’s were claiming their respective teams deserved the mantle and both put up strong arguments to support their claims.

Current contributors

Tracey Grimson

General Manager, Content Publlishing

Telstra Media

Mike Burgess

Chief Information Security Officer

Corporate Security and Investigations

Stuart Bird


Fixed Broadband and Bundles

Laura Lombardi


Corporate Affairs, Telstra