The Minister for Commerce for the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), John Della Bosca, will launch the state government's information and communication technology (ICT) strategic plan in Sydney this week.
The Australian federal government's consumer affairs advisory council is developing best practice guidelines for online shopping and e-commerce sites. Parliamentary secretary to the treasurer Chris Pearce said the council would identify emerging issues in e-commerce.
Optus has formed a partnership with wireless Internet group Personal Broadband Australia to provide mobile broadband services to corporate customers. The telco is also in discussions with Unwired Australia. The deal with Personal Broadband Australia allows Optus to provide wireless broadband services to 70 per cent of Australian businesses using iBurst.
The Government of Queensland in Australia will pump-prime the state's ICT sector to the tune of A$18.5 million (US$14.1 million) over the next four years in an effort to bolster the local technology industry and boost exports.