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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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Two new members of the Editorial Board; TelSoc's first year; and Australia's hunger for networked data.
Paul Paterson describes the role of the new Australian Bureau of Communications Research
This paper reports on a study of energy consumption for data storage in data centres. Unlike previous estimates, which have been extrapolations of broad energy usage within the data centre, we take a bottom-up approach. We show that the growth in energy consumption can be mitigated somewhat by adopting a more aggressive policy of data archiving on long-term, low-energy, “cold” storage; or more ideally purging data of little or no future value.
This paper seeks to bridge a conceptual gap between data analytics and privacy, and sets out extended Privacy Principles to better deal with Big Data.
Information Lifecycle Governance (ILG) provides a structured, strategic approach to reducing data growth, cost and risk, while providing the policies, processes and technology to move from a reactive to a proactive state of information management and maximise the value of information.
The Digital Universe, which consists of all the data created by PC, Sensor Networks, GPS/WiFi Location, Web Metadata, Web-Sourced Biographical Data, Mobile, Smart-Connected Devices and Next-Generation Applications (to name but a few) is altering the way we consume and measure IT and disrupting proven business models.
After a literature review, this paper reports on a study of six Australian newspaper websites, which were all analysed on the same day in July 2014. The analysis seeks to assess how newspaper websites are adapting to change and how they are relating to both their own readers and to the printed versions of the same masthead.
In the first of a series of two papers the Authors combine over 40 years of radio systems and planning experience to suggest a methodology for project-based management of spectrum planning activities.
This article presents our perspectives of the 5G technologies with two major themes: Green and Soft. By rethinking the Shannon theorem and traditional cell-centric design, network capacity can be significantly increased while network power consumption is steady or even decreased
This article explores how free Wi-Fi services offered by cultural institutions and municipalities influence public spaces, and asks how such services can engender practices which promote the social good.
This paper presents findings from a research project on mobile phones and the Internet in the lives of people experiencing homelessness. It is based on a study of 95 adults, families and young people experiencing homelessness which was carried out in Sydney and Melbourne in early 2014.
Results from a 2013 Hardship Survey show the disparity in Internet connectivity between people experiencing poverty and deprivation and Australians generally. The paper presents detailed findings from the survey on Internet connectivity.
Four historical vignettes are provided from the period 1875 to 1880 from the Proceedings of the Telegraph Electrical Society of Victoria – the lineal antecedent of today’s TelSoc (Australian Telecommunications Society).
A book review of 'Networking Services: QoS, Signalling, Processes' [Amazon Digital Services: ASIN BooIJFZTWC], by Harry Perros

Society news

Notice of Annual General Meeting on 28 October 2014 to be followed by a panel session with Bob James and Gary McLaren entitled: "The NBN Today - back on track or could a new path emerge?"
Graeme Samuel

You have probably already seen on the TelSoc website that we have an exciting Charles Todd Oration on November 5th.

The main event is in Sydney at Doltone House, but there are simultaneous events in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane with a live-feed of the proceedings.

Government moves on data retention; Industry falls into line; Australian businesses support data retention but worried about cost and cybercrime; OPINION Labor tops the polls in hypocrisy; Smartphone market booming; Telstra and Motorola in the fast LANES; Ericsson Sparks in New Zealand; and Spark opens new data centre.
COVER STORY DATA RETENTION; Government moves on data retention; Industry falls into line; Senators try to stop data retention; Australian businesses support data retention but worried about cost and cybercrime; OPINION 1 Data retention – secrecy by Government, pussyfooting by Labor; OPINION 2 Labor tops the polls in hypocrisy ; AWS gets the tick for government use; Vocus goes after Amcom; Megaport splits and expands; iiNet Downloaders Club; Telstra’s Asian strategy revealed; Strong demand for iPhone 6 Plus in China; Telstra invests $2 million in George Institute; Optus goes with Riverbed for network management; Telstra selects new muru-D class of 2014; Smartphone market booming; More HD channels coming to Foxtel satellite; Azure finally arrives in Australia; Yahoo7 and Telstra bring Plus7 to T-Box; Huawei claims 100G-PON breakthrough; UltraServe goes for growth with Hybris; Alibaba’s Big Commercial deal; OPINION Internet exposes the sad state of news; iiNet’s free Wi-Fi network for Victoria; and 100 Mbps HFC in Geelong; Use NBN for the good of society, says ITU; Telstra and Motorola in the fast LANES; The good and the bad from the Internet of Things; Telstra tries again with app store; MyNetFone Australia’s ‘fastest growing telco’; CIOs have cloud control, says report; Hitachi CaaS moves into Equinix data centres; TelSoc AGM focus on NBN; Demand for iPhone 6 boosts Apple’s euro sales; Don’t call me – ever; Ericsson Sparks in New Zealand; and Spark opens new data centre.
OPINION Data retention – secrecy by Government, pussyfooting by Labor; iiNet’s free Wi-Fi network for Victoria; and 100 Mbps HFC in Geelong; Hitachi CaaS moves into Equinix data centres; TelSoc AGM focus on NBN; Demand for iPhone 6 boosts Apple’s euro sales; Don’t call me – ever; Use NBN for the good of society, says ITU.
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Forthcoming events

Graeme Samuel AC
The shape of the Coalition’s NBN is becoming clearer, but what will this mean to competition? The market is in a state of evolution bordering on revolution, with challenges for all players big and small. Much will depend on how they respond. The regulators can heavily influence the outcomes for both competition and consumers; but should regulation be limited to ensuring the NBN is not able to exercise its monopoly power? The trick will be to not stifle the competitive forces and technical advances sweeping our telecommunications and media industries.
Graeme Samuel AC

When: 

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 - 12:00pm EST

Location: 

Pyrmont, NSW

This Brisbane based event will provide a live video stream from the Charles Todd Oration in Sydney. A light sandwich lunch will be provided.

Graeme Samuel AC

When: 

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 - 11:45am EST

Location: 

Brisbane, QLD
Graeme Samuel AC
The shape of the Coalition’s NBN is becoming clearer, but what will this mean to competition? The market is in a state of evolution bordering on revolution, with challenges for all players big and small. Much will depend on how they respond. The regulators can heavily influence the outcomes for both competition and consumers; but should regulation be limited to ensuring the NBN is not able to exercise its monopoly power? The trick will be to not stifle the competitive forces and technical advances sweeping our telecommunications and media industries.
Graeme Samuel AC

When: 

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 - 12:00pm EST

Location: 

Adelaide, SA
Graeme Samuel AC
The shape of the Coalition’s NBN is becoming clearer, but what will this mean to competition? The market is in a state of evolution bordering on revolution, with challenges for all players big and small. Much will depend on how they respond. The regulators can heavily influence the outcomes for both competition and consumers; but should regulation be limited to ensuring the NBN is not able to exercise its monopoly power? The trick will be to not stifle the competitive forces and technical advances sweeping our telecommunications and media industries.
Graeme Samuel AC

When: 

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 - 12:30pm EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
Jean Armstrong – Professor Monash University
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) can be modulated at frequencies in the megahertz range for carrying high data rate signals up to 1Gbit/s. Known as Visible Light Communications (VLC), this technology can be used in association with radio frequency communications (eg. Wi-Fi or cellular networks) or as a means for data broadcasting. LEDs can also enable very accurate indoor positioning capabilities based on Visual Light Positioning (VLP) technology. This presentation ...
Jean Armstrong – Professor Monash University

When: 

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 - 12:30pm EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
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Gary's Presentation


This month's TelSoc lunchtime lecture follows the TelSoc AGM. It includes Gary McLaren and Bob James discussing the status of NBN today. Is it back on track, or could a yet another path emerge? The 3 major reviews of the NBN have now been delivered and provide much to discuss.
2014-10-28 - 11:45 EST
From an economic theory in the 1950’s to eventual implementation beginning in the 1990s, Governments and their regulators have utilised increasingly sophisticated auctions over the internet decide on the allocation of spectrum in high demand to telecommunications companies.
2014-09-16 - 17:30 EST
A panel of experts chaired by Professor Rod Tucker on the Internet of Things. According to 2014 IDC estimates, there are already more than 50 billion globally connected sensors that can track, monitor and feed data to computerised systems. IDC foreshadows that by 2020 there will be more than 200 billion sensors generating an estimated 10% of data in what will be a 44 Zettabyte (1021) digital universe.
2014-09-03 - 17:00 EST

Over 10 years ago Joseph Pine & James Gilmour signalled the move to what they called the “Experience Economy” where customers seek unique experiences that are all about them.

2014-08-26 - 12:30 EST

Over the last 10 to 15 years, many Communication Service Providers (CSPs) elected to establish an international presence, extending beyond their home countries and acquiring new subscribers and rev

2014-07-29 - 12:30 EST
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