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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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On behalf of the Editorial Board, authors and readers of the Journal, the recently appointed Managing Editor Mark Gregory thanks the outgoing Managing Editor Peter Gerrand for his leadership, scholarly editing and hard work over the past 21 years.
Fibre is commonly perceived to be the dominant transport mechanism for transferring data from access points back to a central office, where it is aggregated onto the core network. However, high speed and long range wireless backhaul remains a cost-effective alternative to fibre networks. In this article, the world’s first 5Gbps radio solution – and the fastest commercial backhaul product – developed by EM Solutions Pty Ltd with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) – is described. As well as achieving a state-of-the-art data rate, other key design features include maximal path length, minimal latency, and constant antenna pointing under wind and tower vibration.
In March 2014 the US Government announced its intent to transition away from the current system of oversight of core Internet functions, and move the obligations of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) over to the international multi-stakeholder community. The current contract is set to expire on 30 September 2015, and thenceforth a new globalised model has the opportunity to come into being. This article describes the current Internet governance model, and the process towards a future mode of operation.
The Metadata Retention measures being considered in Australia make some sweeping assumptions about the semantics of IP addresses and their association with individual subscribers to the Internet. But are these assumptions warranted? The exhaustion of the free pool of IPv4 addresses has prompted a new generation of Internet services that treat IP addresses as ephemeral shared conversation tokens, and retaining address use metadata in such an environment is an exercise in futility. The regulatory environment persists in treating the Internet in the same manner as the telephone network, and as a network-centric service utility, while the revolutionary change that the Internet bought to the communications environment was to reverse the roles of network and attached device, and form a device-centric model of communications. Unless our regulators can grasp the implications of this essential architectural change we will continue to see misplaced and ultimately futile regulatory measures imposed on the Internet, to the ultimate cost of the consumer.
A U.S. Federal Court ruling in January 2014 overturned Net Neutrality rules issued in 2010 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the body that regulates both the telecommunications and the cable industries in the U.S. This sparked significant support for establishing new rules to provide Net Neutrality and resulted in the submission of more than one million comments to the FCC, which broke all records. This led to the FCC adopting new Net Neutrality rules in February 2015. The FCC followed President Barack Obama’s lead and classified the broadband operators as common carriers, which will require that they treat all of their customers and all content providers equally. As common carriers the broadband operators will not be able to favour one content provider over another or favour their own content services. It is very likely that these new rules will not settle the issue and will be challenged in Congress and in the courts. The Net Neutrality controversy will continue.
This article reviews Asian Data Privacy Laws – Trade and Human Rights Perspectives' by Graham Greenleaf, University of New South Wales
Two papers from the Telecommunications Journal of Australia in 1956 and 1960 respectively. The first provides an overview of public telephone cabinets in Australia and the second describes the state of the art, aluminium public telephone cabinet.

Society news

Telstra Pacnet acquisition complete Skype for Business to make Microsoft a serious UC player EU opens Android antitrust investigation against Google Australia “way out of touch”: delegates to privacy conference Planet ISP refunds consumer, but attracts ACMA criticism Netflix regret over Australian data cap exclusions
Telstra flexes its muscles Telstra Pacnet acquisition complete Telstra doubles Wi-Fi trial hotspots Telstra wholesale its 4G service now? NBN Co and Telstra settle $200M CPI dispute Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent announce merger M2 to buy number 3 NZ telco 21,000 premises cut copper in move to NBN Skype for Business to make Microsoft a UC player
Telstra doubles Wi-Fi trial hotspots Official: Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent to merge by mid 2016 Verizon data breach report: most affected industries ACCAN approval for ABC and Netflix Audio Description NAB takes a substantial stake in iiNet
In-home mobile set up service coming Melbourne IT partners in ANZ cloud adoption alliance Telstra wholesale its 4G service now? Why? Tenfold increase in passenger adoption of Wi-Fi when it is free Malaysia Airlines implements global flight tracking Nokia confirms 'advanced discussions' with Alcatel-Lucent
M2 to buy number 3 NZ telco 21,000 premises to cut copper in move to NBN ISOC-AU joins data retention implementation group Digital ticketing sales rocket towards 32 billion Telcos ramp spending on premium broadband CPE
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Forthcoming events

Dr Mark Gregory
The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a nation building project that will underpin Australia's telecommunications and broadband services for the next thirty years. This presentation will provide details of the technologies being used to build the NBN and discuss the opportunities for new technologies and engineering advances to enhance the NBN over time whilst reducing the rollout duration and cost.
Dr Mark Gregory

When: 

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 - 12:30pm EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
NextDC M1 Port Melbourne street view
M1 is NEXTDC's flagship Australian data centre facility located less than 3km from Melbourne's CBD. The Melbourne facility is the largest independent colocation data centre in the city, with six data halls measuring 1,000m² each and features a 400kW rooftop photovoltaic solar array.
NextDC

When: 

Thu, 21 May 2015 - 04:00pm EST

Location: 

Port Melbourne, VIC
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Latest presentation media

A comprehensive review of current and new technologies for back-up power in the telecommunications industry and a discussion about how the use of hydrogen cell technology is set to grow rapidly in the Australian market place.
2015-03-31 - 12:30 EST
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
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