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TelSoc is a multidisciplinary society whose aim is to promote knowledge, understanding and excellence in telecommunications and its applications including the digital economy. There are regular networking activities and lectures in all states of Australia plus two keynote orations each year. TelSoc also publishes, with Swinburne University, the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy.

Financial members can attend events at little or no charge plus have free access to the Journal. There is also a student membership category at a substantial discount from full membership.

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The backdrop of record growth in the Australian telecommunications industry provides a canvas on which to introduce the other thirteen articles which make up this edition (V2 N1) of the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy.
Beverley Head interviews Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC
This article summarises the ‘state of play’ in 5G by reviewing the requirements that are driving its development, the performance targets it is aiming for and the technologies being explored to achieve these. It also compares the main capabilities of 5G with those of the earlier generations of mobile technology
The paper discusses the role that mobile speed test apps and crowdsourcing initiatives can play in measuring mobile broadband performance, and provides an analysis of how the features and methodologies of eight major speed test applications compare and contrast. The paper includes a brief review of the US Government’s Broadband Mapping Program, and offers some suggestions on lessons for Australia
This paper spells out the negative consequences of the Government’s policy to remove the NBN Co’s current monopoly in providing fixed broadband access infrastructure: for the federal budget, for the competition framework in telecommunications, for a forced premature sale of NBN Co, and for the affordable rollout of high-speed broadband access across the nation.
Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) is a broadband access network technology that encompasses fibre to the street lead-in pit at the front fence, with an average copper lead-in length of 30m. FTTdp promises very high VDSL2 capability, with easy upgrading to G.fast or individual FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) on an on-demand basis. The network capability of FTTdp is thus very close to the capability of a full FTTP deployment. Cost savings compared to FTTP promise to be substantial – a possible $12 billion in savings for the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN). For these and other reasons, FTTdp is recommended as a more cost-effective solution than Fibre to the Node for the NBN.
This paper explores the technical and legal issues involved in using Cloud technologies from the perspective of an Australian business interested in both customer and government attitudes, and discusses how moves to implement jurisdiction location and control preferences have been characterised as Data Sovereignty and Digital Protectionism by differing interests.
This article offers insight into why geographic domain names remain problematic more than two decades after these issues first arose, identifies trends in DNS policy respecting geographic names and highlights the impact on various Internet stakeholders of current policy and decisions.
The history of the landmark UDRP (Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) decision in 2006 on shines light on an important legal precedent for the acceptance of non-governmental use of significant geographical names in the Internet Domain Name System. The narrative is supplemented by an overview of the development of geographical names policy in the domain name system from its inception through the development of ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), and how Panelists applied it to geographical name disputes including references to the first and second WIPO reports.
Review of Heather Ann Forrest, Protection of Geographic Names in International Law and Domain Name System Policy (2013, Wolters Kluwer) 339 pages including bibliography, tables and diagrams.
This paper outlines three areas in which communication researchers can offer insights on the ongoing development of a digital society: infrastructure development, the role of mobile connectivity, and the need for better data through which to understand access to, and engagement in, digital society. The paper offers a discussion of digital society, then outlines a variety of research questions that can be explored to help shape digital society in citizen-centric ways. It concludes by noting the value of research as a means of introducing alternative perspectives to discourses about digital society.
This study examines South Korea’s Information Network Village (INVIL) project as an exemplary policy of building sustainable communities through a digital divide policy implemented in small rural areas.
This paper gathers together the basic economic arguments for and against public provision of municipal WiFi. First, we consider what type of economic good WiFi is, and the logic for public rather than market provision. Second, we review four main economic arguments against public WiFi (capitalization; no market failure; competitive distortion; inefficiency of supply side response). Finally, we consider what may be the strongest, yet least made, case for publicly funded municipal WiFi, which is local demand discovery as an implicit subsidy for WiFi entrepreneurship and innovation.
TransACT (2000- ) introduced Australia’s first VDSL network, offering a ‘triple play’ of voice, data (e.g. Internet access), broadcast and video-on-demand services in Australia’s capital city, Canberra, in competition with the incumbent carrier Telstra. TransACT’s founding Chief Architect, Robin Eckermann, reminisces on the founding of TransACT and some of the lessons to be learned from this fore-runner of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Society news

Anthony Wong
Congratulations to TelSoc member Anthony Wong who has been appointed as the new Chair of the NSW Government’s ICT Advisory Panel.
Alan Kellock
An impressive obituary has been published of Alan Kellock, a leader in Australian and international telecommunications from the 1950s to the 1970s.
The second bumper issue of TelSoc’s journal, the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, is now available to TelSoc's members and to the Journal's external subscribers via our website.
Corporate plans
On Monday 2 December Mike Quigley, former CEO of NBN Co, presented his reflections on the Australian National Broadband Network. TelSoc and Telstra hosted the event which was broadcast to a national audience. The text and slides of Mike's speech are now online and open for comments.
Peter Gerrand
TelSoc launches its new quarterly online journal, the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy. The first issue focuses on some of the most timely and important topics in our industry: on the affordability of modern telecoms; on privacy and security issues with cloud computing; on new developments in telecommunications to support the digital economy; and on improvements to NBN policy.
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Forthcoming events

Photo of Robyn Willliams
Which Victorian scientist/engineer invented a form of television before John Logie Baird was born? And why have you never heard of him? He also invented sixteen different telephones which he installed around Ballarat before the GPO started and which were much admired by Alexander Graham Bell personally. Listen to the fascinating tale and why it is relevant to innovation today from our inaugural Henry Sutton orator: Robyn Williams of the ABC Science Show.
Robyn Williams

When: 

Wed, 14 May 2014 - 12:00pm EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
John Goddard
John Goddard will present a timely review of the past, present and future HFC CATV technology directions, the global opportunities for Multi Service Operators (MSO) and relevance of HFC to Australia's NBN.
John Goddard - MD C-COR Broadband

When: 

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 - 12:30pm EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
John Edwards
The AdelaideFree network is one of the world's largest free Wi-Fi services, offering coverage across most of the Adelaide CBD and surrounds. Built by iiNet with funding from the State Government of South Australia and the Adelaide City Council (ACC), it utilises the fibre optic assets of the ACC, Adam Internet and Internode to provide high performance wireless services to public and private users.
John Edwards

When: 

Tue, 20 May 2014 - 05:30pm EST

Location: 

Adelaide, SA
Michael Jeffs - VP, Local Fixed Networks, Alcatel-Lucent

Just a few years ago there were few options to deliver ultra-broadband on a mass scale. With a greater focus on the exploitation of existing infrastructure assets, VDSL2 Vectoring has emerged as a market game-changer, gaining mainstream traction with operators around the world and now reaching commercial service deployment.

Michael Jeffs - VP, Local Fixed Networks, Alcatel-Lucent

When: 

Tue, 27 May 2014 - 12:30pm EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
RAAF Orion
The simulator activity would allow attendees to fly the AP-3C and possibly attempt a landing or take-off. Limited to 20 people, meeting at RAAF base main gate at 6:00pm on the date.
Flight Lieutenant Andrew Sibenaler

When: 

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 - 06:00pm EST

Location: 

Edinburgh, SA
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Latest presentation media

AARNet, Australia’s National Research and Education Network, enables Australian research and education institutions to collaborate with the rest of the world and participate at the edge of discover

2014-03-25 - 12:30 EST

Gigabit Networks are capable of delivering bidirectional service access speeds of up to one gigabit per second (1Gbps) and are in operation in several countries around the world.

The presentation highlights five Gigabit Networks including a review of the motivations behind their developments, deployment approaches and service offerings: 

When: 

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 - 12:00pm EST

The Privacy Act of 1988 was amended in 2012 introducing significant changes and requiring compliance by March 2014. As a consequence of these changes the Privacy Commissioner has increased enforcement powers with penalties up to $1.7M for serious breaches.

2014-01-28 - 12:30 EST
Reflections on the NBN - Mike Quigley 2 Dec 2013
The NBN was born out of political controversy. The burgeoning digital economy demands ubiquitous future-proof broadband access to return its dividends of massive social benefits, service delivery and productivity improvements, and global business opportunities. But not everyone foresees the benefits nor is comfortable with the costs. Mike Quigley addresses the challenges and the lessons learned in managing the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in Australia. Mike was awarded with the Charles Todd Medal for 2013 at this event.
2013-12-02 - 17:00 EST
Evolving the Provider Edge Towards SDN and NPV (Title slide only)

Emerging technologies continue to disrupt the traditional architectures within the access, aggregation and service edge network domains.

2013-11-26 - 12:30 EST
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