He acknowledged that there were concerns from some organisations that the Office 365 cloud was operated out of Singapore. He said that he believed it would take a long time to establish international conventions which might provide a measure of comfort to users regarding the security and privacy of their data when it was held offshore.
Rather than wait for that, 'Our intention is to migrate to locally held data,' he said.
Dr Bradlow was unable to say when that might be achieved. However he said Telstra already had the data centre capacity it would require to offer the service locally.
He said that the speed at which Telstra could move on its plans was controlled by Microsoft.
Responding to iTWire's questions about the plans a Microsoft spokesperson said; 'Microsoft is in ongoing discussions with its Office 365 partner Telstra. Those discussions are commercial and in-confidence and as a result it would not be appropriate to comment at this time.'