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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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Australia’s fixed broadband services performance and takeup is continuing to fall behind other comparable countries in international benchmarks. Indecision about the structure of Australia’s broadband market is likely to continue to retard medium to long term investment in the fibre infrastructure needed to improve Australia’s broadband rankings against its international peers.
In 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 second paper provides an outline of a recommended project management plan structure and references that may be useful to spectrum planners throughout ITU- Region 3; the Asia – Pacific.
This paper profiles the utility and limits in deployment of inexpensive disposable sensor networks by amateurs to achieve environmental monitoring goals, and examines how inexpensive technology can support scenarios for short-term environmental modelling by average citizens.
In many Pacific countries mobile phones are emerging as a key element of the local communication systems, and are being be built into disaster management and communication plans. With a focus on mobile and other telecommunications technologies, this paper provides an overview of disaster communication systems and infrastructures, practices and challenges in the region.
Warning systems are relied on worldwide as part of disaster risk reduction. We examine traditional government systems supplying warnings through broadcasting approach, and one novel approach – the use of an augmented signal from the next generation of Japanese positioning satellites - to providing individual warnings to personal devices wherever their owners are. We conclude that delivery to personal devices is feasible and already happening to some extent.
Following disasters, in infrastructure-deprived settings, the need for communications is profound. We describe a solution based on acoustic coupling of mobile telephones with existing two-way radios, such as are often carried in remote areas of Australia, and which are fitted to many vehicles that are used in such areas.
This paper provides lessons learnt from the a fire that occurred in 2012 in the Warrnambool telephone exchange located in Victoria, Australia and proposes a strategy that provides increased network resilience and more effective emergency management once the copper-based core switching in exchanges is progressively replaced by fibre service area modules.
This article explores the context and potential offered by the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). It provides an overview of this next phase of the digital revolution that is underpinned by the growth of the social web, web 2.0, and the convergence of technologies such as mobile and ubiquitous broadband. It also attempts to provide some insight into the potential value of the Internet of Things market in the future.
In this paper we outline a number of matters that have been raised in relation to Deep-fibre Fibre-to-the-Distribution-Point (FTTdp), and address practical ways that FTTdp can be expected to deliver a maximum overall cost-benefit outcome for the Australian NBN. We conclude that FTTdp must be honestly evaluated if the nation is to achieve a maximal NBN capability outcome.
This paper addresses the limitations of the Australian government's new NBN policy (11 December 2014) and proposes some changes in approach which share the objectives of the policy but without compromising access speed. The changes will eliminate the lead-in cost entirely and will introduce infrastructure competition in the long-term interests of end-users. They will accelerate the NBN roll-out and ensure that the national infrastructure is responsive to future technologies, market demands and business opportunities.
Some departing words from the Journal's Managing Director, Peter Gerrand, in stepping down from the role of Editor-in-Chief of the Telecommunications Journal of Australia and its successor, the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, after 21 years in the job.
This article gives an overview of Australia's national military strategy for cyber space and the implied demands for a radical approach to development of our civil skills base. It then looks at developments in countries and groups of military interest to us in cyberspace. On this basis, the piece concludes with some recommendations for Australian policy.
Two new members of the Editorial Board; TelSoc's first year; and Australia's hunger for networked data.
This article offers a possibly optimistic view of the influence of the new anti-terror laws on the profitability of the telecommunications industry.
A 1945 technical paper from the Telecommunications Journal of Australia is revisited that describes the timing and signalling equipment used at the Melbourne Observatory between 1853 and 1945. The equipment was used to provide the Victorian Time Signal Service for over ninety years.
This paper offers an overview of participatory approaches to disaster management and climate change adaptation as an introductory framework for the following five papers on the special theme of telecommunications and disaster management
Following a review IoT applications, the communications and networking technologies that can potentially support large scale deployment of IoT systems for different industrial, business and social applications are discussed. The paper then concentrates on wireless networking technologies for IoT systems with specific focus on deployment issues. The deployment discussion concentrates on different IoT systems QoS and networking requirements, cost, coverage area and energy supply requirements. We introduce a sustainable low cost heterogeneous network design using short range radio standards that can be used to develop wide area networks to support large number of IoT devices for various applications. Finally the paper makes some general recommendations towards sustainable network design techniques for future IoT systems that can reduce the OPEX and CAPEX requirements.
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

Holiday break; OPINION Malcolm Turnbull – Man of the Year; Construction on TGA cable to start in New Year; ACCAN welcomes accessibility inclusion; Mobile market ‘set for fight’ in 2015; Vodafone deploys Amdocs for better 4G; IBM and Equinix confirm deal.
NBN Co and Telstra sign the Big Deal; and new anti cherry picking rules released; Malcolm Turnbull – CommsWire Man of the Year; Telstra the big winner from NBN deal; Telstra in firm discussions to acquire Pacnet; and Vocus finally acquires Amcom; Telco complaints drop again – but NBN connection issues a worry ; Construction on TGA cable to start in New Year; ACCAN welcomes accessibility inclusion; Mobile market ‘set for fight’ in 2015; Vodafone deploys Amdocs for better 4G; Australians taking more tablets; Mobile to ‘take centre stage’ next year; ANALSYIS Aargh, me hearties! The Pirate Bay is back; IBM and Equinix confirm deal; ‘Videoquake’ rocks US pay TV market; Triple Zero service to include location data ; BT in talks to acquire EE, with Deutsche Telekom and Orange to take a share; OPINION Telstra slapped on wrist for misleading ads; Comment invited on Defence cabling standard; Riverbed sold to private equity group; Thodey becomes caricature of himself.
Telstra in firm discussions to acquire Pacnet; and Vocus finally acquires Amcom; Telco complaints drop again – but NBN connection issues a worry; Australians taking more tablets.
David "Superman" Thodey and Graeme Philipson
Triple Zero service to include location data; BT in talks to acquire EE, with Deutsche Telekom and Orange to take a share; OPINION Telstra slapped on wrist for misleading ads; Comment invited on Defence cabling standard; IBM to partner with Equinix in the cloud ; Riverbed sold to private equity group; Thodey becomes caricature of himself.
Telstra the big winner from NBN deal; ANALYSIS What the HFC deals mean for HFC customers; Good for us, says iiNet; Mobile to ‘take centre stage’ next year; Aargh, me hearties! The Pirate Bay is back; ‘Videoquake’ rocks US pay TV market.
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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 ...
2014-11-25 - 12:30 EST
The next disruptive trend arising from ICT technologies will be a societal phase transition as we move to a fully connected world in which a vast number of machines and devices distributed around the planet collect, store, process and exchange information to enhance our daily lives - The Internet of Things. It has been predicted that the number of such devices could be over 100 billion virtually ...
2014-11-20 - 09:00 EST
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.
2014-11-05 - 12:00 EST


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
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