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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.

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In this issue we consider how telecommunication companies around the world have been disrupted by the demand for improved network speeds, capacity and reliability, and the growth of the smart device manufacturers that have become more closely linked with the handful of global digital giants. The pace of change has increased, if that is possible, and it is not unthinkable that further consolidation of the telecommunications market might occur in the next decade.
For a number of reasons over the last five to ten years we have seen a shift in politics, moving away from the centre towards the extreme edges. What is often still missing is a holistic approach towards the development of smart cities; this needs to be led from the top and to be supported by a ‘smart council’. A major stumbling block towards the development of a smart city is the many silos within a city, resisting the sharing of infrastructure and other relevant assets, resisting open data and open government. There are however, good examples both nationally and internationally of councils that are moving in the right direction.
In March 2015 Australia became the 50th country in which US video streaming company Netflix had set up a local operation to supplement its planned global expansion in 200 countries. Newcomers Presto and Stan also joined in to further add to the extraordinary rate of growth of all forms of video traffic in Australia, now over half of Telstra’s Internet business. So who is Netflix, and how well might it expand its business in addition to those customers in Australia who are already using virtual private networks (VPNs) to access and pay for their programmes?
One of the central goals of ACCAN’s 2013 Affordability Roundtable was to kick-start a broader discussion around affordability of telecommunications products and services, encouraging new and innovative social programs and industry-wide models which can be employed to alleviate the affordability divide. This paper is intended as a continuation of that broader discussion and builds upon the ideas first developed in the article Improving Affordability of Communications: Research and Policy Directions published in the ATJDE in 2013.
Globalisation may not lead to international competitiveness without consideration of the key reason for participation in the global economy and adoption of an approach that provides consistency. How can consumers determine the suitability of what is offered to them and be certain they’re getting what they paid for? And how can suppliers be sure their offering is appropriate for their potential offshore markets? From BICSI’s perspective, the answer is “standards”.
This article compares the telecommunications consumer dispute resolution scheme in Australia, Japan and Korea based on the telecommunications consumer policy principles developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2011 and the guidelines and recommendations developed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in 2013. This article concludes that the Australian consumer dispute resolution scheme (the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman scheme) appears to be the best practice among these three jurisdictions studied, followed by the consumer scheme in Korea.
This article reviews ‘The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking public vs. private sector myths’ by Mariana Mazzucato
An unusual historic paper from 1966 where the Post Master General’s Headquarters Lines Section collaborated with the Department of the Army to subject aluminium distribution cabinets to ballistics testing ahead of possible rural deployment.

Society news

Quickflix In Asx Trading Halt – Acquisition Imminent?; Smartphone Growth Slows – From Spectacular To Merely Massive; Nokia And Alcatel-Lucent Fattening Up Before Merger; Telstra ‘to Float Ooyala’ In Us; Software Gives Acma New Spectrum Auction Facility; Vulnerability Exposes 1 Billion Android Users; Fujitsu Further Boosts Investment In Data Centres.
New Cybersecurity Centre Releases First Report; 2degrees Launches Into Nz Broadband Market; tablet Numbers Down, But Connectivity Soars; cable Operators In Massive Docsis Deployments; alcalu Promises Cost Savings From Cloud Services;mhealth On The Rise, But Fraught With Obstacles.
Don’t Regulate Our Broadband, Says Tpg;‘telstra Tv’ To Integrate Netflix, Stan And Presto;premature Death Of Ian Birks, Former Aiia Head;apac Ftth Subscribers Up 35% In One Year;speedcast Continues Growth Through Acquisition;can I Trust You? New Technology Will Tell Me.
Industry Slams Telco Threat Legislation;iinet Shareholders Approve Tpg Takeover;advocate Groups Support Alp Data Retention Review;comment: Alp And Shorten Fall Short On Data Retention;vodafone Opens First Vodafone Business Centre: Vbc.
Mobiles – The Older You Are, The More You Pay;m2m A ‘strategic Imperative’ For Mobile Operators;5g Hype, 4g Reality;virgin Mobile’s Data Rollover And Double Data Deals;optus Mobile Outage Frustrates Users In Three States.
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“What technological innovations are expected in the next decade and what differences do they promise for our lives?”
2015-07-08 - 12:15 EST
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.
2015-04-28 - 12:30 EST
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
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