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 September issue provides an interesting look at the National Broadband Network: and how it is perceived to have problems that need to be resolved; how telecommunications is having an effect on the lives of Australians, with discussion on how older Australians engage with online news; and how mobile phone use in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is a balance between opportunity and affordability. Papers on future digital service delivery and metadata retention provide a balance between identifying future use and how authorities are looking our telecommunications usage.
How do older Australians engage with news online? Drawing on a survey of Australians aged 41-84, this exploratory study examines the preferences of participants in news engagement, the role of presentation and distribution of online news in engagement and perceived barriers to accessing news online and on mobile devices.
Reports on the use of mobile phones and the internet in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. It reinforces the need for more research into barriers to phone and internet usage by Aboriginal and Torres Strait people in remote areas, as well as the importance of informing remote community members of their telecommunications rights.
Australia has set a strong ambition to capture opportunities presented by the emerging digital economy. Much discussion has focused on the significant investment being made in broadband infrastructure. Other factors will also impact Australia’s ability to achieve its vision of a dynamic digital market. There will be the requirement for a complex service delivery environment including retail, wholesale service providers, digital content providers as well as future digital applications. This paper makes the case for industry to turn its attention to the operational market structure and processes that will support this future environment, including the key multi-party relationships and interdependencies that will underpin the required high levels of user experience and Australia’s ultimate success.
This article examines aspects of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015. It shows how the law provides a tactical advantage to investigators who pursue whistleblowers and investigative journalists. The article exposes a discrepancy in the way ‘journalist’ is defined across different pieces of legislation. It argues that the explosion of data generated by the so-called Internet-of-Things (IoT) lead to a loss of user control which will enable non-stop, involuntary and ubiquitous monitoring of individuals.
With the optimistic air of change that has come from a new Prime Minister, this is the time to look at a realistic option for the NBN which accepts on-budget expenditure, establishes a future-proof approach and provides the opportunity for those who want it to pay a realistic amount towards getting connected. Governments build roads, not driveways. So why should we assume anyone building a national telecommunications network should worry about connecting right up to the front door, especially for those who don’t want it.
A remarkable paper from 1961 demonstrates that the Post Master General’s Department was at the forefront of technological developments concerning radio communications by artificial satellites before the launch of Telstar.

Society news

Telcos turning to customer retention in face of slow revenue growth; Call for industry to step up to the plate on govt digital transformation; Insatiable thirst for faster data speeds quenched for 350,000 lucky regional residents; Chinese underground leads the world in cyber criminal innovation; Australian Ericsson CEO steps up to drive SE Asia and Oceania; Video on demand keeps skyrocketing – an update; ICT industry not alone, as executive demand plummets.
ACMA advises telco industry on consumer mobile spending; Nokia, Deutsche Telekom and Cosmos demo claimed LTE-A 3 CA world first; Choice: Fed Gov’t response ‘backs open data ‘ and VPNs; Drip pricing is for drips; Dubber and MNF (MyNetFone) team up – and other Telco comments; Economuse; Australia a perfect market for Perfecto; MapR data platform delivers efficiency gains to Macquarie Telecom.
TPG rejects NBN tax; Dimension Data wins contract for Qld Govt new HQ building; Government backs Source IP to bridge gap between research & innovation; Internet TV set to grow into a $40 billion industry in next 5 years; TAFE SA feels safe to shift entirely to MS Azure cloud; Telstra Health’s unique new ‘radiology storage and viewing service’; Smartwatch banking apps to exceed 100m by 2020.
Finally, Australian airlines should soon get in-sky wi-fi; Inmarsat wants better connected ships, too, with Ericsson; Mix and match cloud services cheaper, but come with a warning; Cyber attacks a growing threat to Southeast Asia businesses, governments; Linux Australia suffers another data leak; Warning: Mobile ‘bill shock' risk from iOS9 WiFi Assist.
Global phone sales rise 15%: Gartner; Ericsson claims yet another LTE Carrier Aggregation world first; Radio frequency spectrum approval will contribute to improved road safety; Advance persistent threats to be more so in 2016; Mobile screen scraping apps should be scrapped; Optus Skype for Business roll-out for real estate group; InspireWire.
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Forthcoming events

The TelSoc would like to invite all members and industry professionals to celebrate the end of year 2015. There will be little in the way of formalities, just a focus on getting as many people as possible connected around any topic of interest.


Wed, 09 Dec 2015 - 05:00pm EST


Melbourne, VIC
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Where are the key areas of technology innovation going to occur? What opportunities are there for Australia and Australian companies? Why should we be optimistic about future changes? And what will Telstra’s place be in all this?
2015-11-26 - 12:00 EST
This MEMBERS ONLY event incorporates a sandwich lunch and the TelSoc's Annual General Meeting followed by a lecture about the nbn Satellite program presented by Gavin Williams.
2015-10-27 - 12:00 EST
Alcatel-Lucent’s visiting Strategic Marketing Director, Customer and Market Insight ,Marc Jadoul will deliver a public lecture on IoT and Smart Cities at the University of Melbourne.
2015-10-12 - 17:30 EST
Warren Lemmens will introduce a set of key principles supporting the operational market structure and processes for this future environment, together with the key multi-party relationships and interdependencies to ensure Australian telecommunications services sector can maximise its ability to grow and capitalise on the strategic and economic potential of the digital economy.
2015-09-29 - 12:30 EST
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been reported as “the most over-hyped technology. This presentation will refute that claim, present a guided tour to some of the key concepts and technologies of IoT, explain the distinction between the Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything, look at the importance of government taking a lead role in IoT, and present some real world use cases that demonstrate real practical applications for IoT.
2015-09-25 - 13:00 EST
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