by Tracey Grimson

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

It is with extreme sadness that my team and I reported the intense, tragic siege in Sydney this week. The nation watched in horror as it unfolded, and I extend my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Sky News followed the entire terrifying event as it continued through the night, and covered the tributes paid by families at the shrine in Martin Place. All we can do in these situations is report the facts as sensitively as possible.

Around the rest of the network, and on a much lighter note, there was a meteor shower early Monday morning that brought star-gazers (and amateurs like myself) out into the night air to take in the amazing sight.

Early the next morning before work I hit up LifeStyle (as I regularly do now when I’m left flailing for a meal with little time or energy) and, as always, they came through with the goods. Their awesome breakfast recipes collection had me sorted. I noticed another recipe collection that I slotted into my bookmarks too: Christmas breakfast recipes. Time to impress the rellies.


by Tim O'Leary

Since 1872, when the 3,200 kilometer overland telegraph was laid between Darwin and Port Augusta, Telstra has had a real and on-the-ground intersection with Indigenous people and communities.

For more than a century we’ve worked to connect rural and regional Australia and as technology as evolved, we’ve come to understand the importance of promoting Indigenous digital excellence, and the challenges involved.


by John Ieraci

The internet presents a world of social connectivity, economic growth and endless opportunities to innovate.

The rapid rate of technology evolution has fundamentally changed the nature of telecommunications service providers such as ourselves. Telcos have moved to becoming a business partner in accelerating digital adoption and collaboration between employees, suppliers and, most importantly, customers.

Unfortunately, some people use this rapidly changing technology landscape to do harm. These can be individuals, issue-motivated groups, cyber criminals or nation states.They present a cyber threat.


by John Chambers

Tesla’s arrival heralds new era for Aussie motorists

Imagine a world where your car whisks you safely from A to B without you even having to place a hand on the steering wheel.

Or, a car so intelligent it can find and direct you to the nearest parking space.

Or, imagine being able to avoid a costly breakdown because your car gets in touch with your mechanic automatically for a remote check-up when its performance skips a beat.

You’re imagining the world of the connected car – and it’s much closer than you might think.

If fact, for some lucky motorists a taste of this world is already here thanks to last week’s official launch of the Tesla Model S electric car in Australia.

We’re really excited to be providing mobile connectivity to power multiple state-of-the-art features in the Model S including the infotainment and remote diagnostics systems.


by Channa Seneviratne

It is around this time of year where the focus shifts from work and school to summer holidays somewhere along the vast Australian coast line. And if network traffic is anything to go by, people are packing their smartphones and tablets along with their beach towels.

Looking back on network traffic trends from previous years, we can see that almost 95 per cent of Australia’s popular holiday destinations* are located on the coast, with place like Lorne in Victoria, Robe in South Australia, Bateman’s Bay in NSW, Surfers Paradise in Queensland and Dunsborough in Western Australia experiencing a dramatic increase in network traffic last year.

Current contributors

Tracey Grimson

General Manager, Content Publlishing

Telstra Media

Tim O'Leary

Chief Sustainability Officer

Strategy and Corporate Services

John Ieraci

Director of Telstra’s Security Services Practice

Global Enterprise and Services

John Chambers


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