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Membership is open to all who have an interest in telecommunications, its applications and its contribution to the digital economy.

A book review of  ‘Changing Jobs. The Fair Go in the Machine Age’ by Jim Chalmers and Mike Quigley, Redback 13, Schwarz Publishing, September 2017, 199 pp.

The TelSoc forum in mid-November (in Melbourne) is rapidly approaching. Government telecommunications sector security reform agenda makes this forum highly relevant to the future of the sector.

This paper proposes a new vehicle, dubbed SafetyNet, for improving communications in rural and remote Australia. A wholesale mobile network using LTE in the 450 MHz spectrum band is proposed. SafetyNet would address any updated Universal Service Obligation, public safety network options and mobile roaming.

New branding launched for Telecommunications Association, and hosting Melbourne telecommunications forum in November.

The paper shows that Wi-Fi in apartment blocks is a true commons and, therefore, over-congestion can only be avoided by having the individual access point (AP) operators collaborating with each other.  The paper concludes that AP operators will most likely enter collaboration voluntarily, and further regulation is not deemed necessary.

Digital content is key to the Australian Telecommunications and Media industry.  With the emergence of hyperledger, there is opportunity for the industry to collaborate to improve content lifecycle transparency, trust and efficiency while protecting consumer privacy.

A software-defined radio implementation of polynomial cancellation coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (PCC-OFDM)  is presented in this paper. Based on the comparative results obtained on the hardware platform, the properties of PCC-OFDM make it a suitable candidate for consideration in future 55G applications requiring robust performance in asynchronous environments with minimal out of band spectral emissions.

A book review of Chaos Monkeys: Inside the Silicon Valley Money Machine, published 2016. The book is a warts-and-all account that describes many undesirable aspects of “Silicon Valley culture”. While the book is overly self-indulgent, it could valuably be read by policy makers interested in start-ups and business culture.

A paper from 1936 exploring the effects of electrification of country Tasmania and the increasing interference to telecommunication circuits by high voltage power lines installed in close proximity.

This paper lays out the development of ICT service Industries in Indonesia. It contains the history of the development, the policies, and the description of the current situation and the future plan of ICT development. A more in-depth explanation is dedicated to the telecommunications sector.

Securely joining IoT devices to Wi-Fi Networks is discussed. A new user interface paradigm is implemented to simplify the process, making it accessible to a larger range of users.

This paper presents a critical review of recommendations contained within the recent paper: Gul, Sarkar & Gutierrez, 2016 in relation to changes to existing telecommunications legislation and regulations in New Zealand.

This paper discusses a Packet Storage Time (PST) routing attack  in relation to a Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) where an attacking node modifies its storage time and thereby does not forward packets to the intended recipient nodes. The paper presents an approach using Artificial Immune System based Danger signal (DS) and Pathogen Associated Molecular Pattern (PAMP) signal to identify a PST routing attack.

This is the story of the rise of the RSI phenomena in Telecom over the period 1983-86.

A look at Hong Kong broadband -- low barriers to entry, aggressive competition, low network build costs, and innovative marketing. Hong Kong has successful rollout of profitable competing Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) across the city, although technical or economic feasibility means 10% to 15% of Hong Kong households do not benefit.

Two papers from 1963 describing the design and construction of the new aerial matrix switch at Radio Australia Shepparton and the ingenuity required to conceive and deploy a world-first solution.

The history of the industry reveals a continuing tension between the forces of competition and concentration. Having coursed through eras of monopoly, competition, and regulated monopoly, the telcos are now in a more competitive arena. There is regulatory uncertainty on the issue of net neutrality.

This paper aims to contribute to the policy debate on bandwidth needs by considering more closely what happens in household networks. The paper draws upon both social and technical studies modelling household applications and their uses to show how queue management protocols impact bandwidth needs. The paper demonstrates how the use of active queue management can reduce bandwidth demands.

Because network data traffic is predominantly formed by communication between users or between users and servers which communicate with users, network traffic inherently exhibits social networking behaviour; the extent of interaction between entities – as identified by their IP addresses – can be extracted from the data and analysed.

The paper discusses experience of  organisations that have repeatedly failed to retire old systems, are struggling to modernise, are burdened by complexity and can’t change at a pace demanded by their internal stakeholders and their customers. This paper explores the challenges of decommissioning decision making and uses a framework and case study analysis as a means to improve the timeliness and financial motivations.

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ACCC won't declare mobile roaming, still wants to improve regional mobile coverage

Victoria trials first NBN connection using FTTC technology
The National Broadband Network rollout now has its first activation of premises with Fibre-to-the-Curb (FTTC) technology, heralded by NBN Co as a much cheaper technology delivering substantial cost savings.

Morrow says NBN cannot be compared with NZ rollout

Telco complaints from consumers, SMBs still rife, NBN complaints soar

Telstra on the defensive as increased competition heats up
Telstra has defended its recent poor financial performance as it faces the strong headwinds of stiff market competition and a big hit to its revenues from the National Broadband Network.

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Forthcoming events

Bevan Slattery has been exceptional in identifying and servicing up and coming markets, from network connectivity in Pipe Networks, to Data Centres in NextDC to international connections and networks in Superloop and Megaport.

A prime example as Australia’s leading entrepreneur in Telecommunications and IT, he has not slowed down, having founded and played a leading role in four new ventures over the last four years

Bevan has an excellent track record in identifying the upcoming markets so far. What does he think are the key issues over the next few years?

Bevan Slattery - Founder and Executive Chairman at Superloop and Megaport

When: 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 - 12:00pm EST

Location: 

Pyrmont, NSW

Bevan Slattery has been exceptional in identifying and servicing up and coming markets, from network connectivity in Pipe Networks, to Data Centres in NextDC to international connections and networks in Superloop and Megaport.

A prime example as Australia’s leading entrepreneur in Telecommunications and IT, he has not slowed down, having founded and played a leading role in four new ventures over the last four years

Bevan has an excellent track record in identifying the upcoming markets so far. What does he think are the key issues over the next few years?

Bevan Slattery - Founder and Executive Chairman at Superloop and Megaport

When: 

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 - 01:00pm EST

Location: 

Pyrmont, NSW

The Networked Society Symposium showcases the breadth of research occurring at the Melbourne Networked Society Institute. It provides an opportunity to connect, engage and debate the matters essential to the networked society. The symposium also provides networking opportunities with researchers, industry, policy makers and the community. The day includes research presentations, keynote speakers, interactive demonstrations, panel discussions, and plenty of catered breaks in between.

When: 

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 - 09:30am EST

Location: 

Carlton, VIC

TelSoc, Australia’s leading telecommunications industry association, will hold its national forum on 22-23 November 2017 in Melbourne.

With the telecommunication industry’s focus on the forthcoming Telecommunications Sector Security Reforms, designed to reinforce and enhance information sharing between carriers, carriage providers and the government, now is the time for the industry to come together to discuss these changes.

When: 

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 - 08:00am EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC

This MEMBERS ONLY event incorporates a sandwich lunch, the TelSoc's Annual General Meeting and a lecture by Rod Tucker - Laureate Emeritus Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

Rod Tucker

When: 

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 - 12:00pm EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
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Latest presentation media

The availability of telecommunications services are critical to the functioning of society, and even more so during the preparations for and recovery from natural disasters.  Importantly, Telecommunications companies need to be key enablers of a society resilient to climate change, and to do so they must be foremost resilient themselves. This is to protect their business (assets, staff and brand), to ensure the risks are financially transparent to shareholders, and to meet the expectations of society.  

2017-09-26 - 12:30 EST

This presentation will discuss the factors significant in household consumers' adoption of innovations and the differences to organisational adoption. It will draw on research identifying a new key factor influencing household intention to adopt high-speed broadband, with a surprising counter-intuitive result from earlier qualitative research.

2017-07-25 - 12:30 EST

Each year TelSoc hosts the Henry Sutton Oration in Melbourne to commemorate the distinguished Victorian scientist, engineer and inventor from Ballarat, Henry Sutton - who is scarcely known, but had a string of accomplishments and innovations in many areas.

We are pleased to have as the Orator distinguished innovator ...

2017-06-22 - 07:15 EST

The telecommunications industry is growing and changing at a very high pace. The growth is not only in terms of volume but also in terms of changing needs and technology. To keep up with this high pace and fast changing technologies countries need strong legislation and an efficient regulatory system to promote fair competition in industry. This presentation is a review of existing telecommunications’ legislation and regulations in New Zealand.

2017-05-30 - 12:30 EST

Jose will explore and discuss Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) solutions based on LTE-NB, LoRaWAN and Sigfox for IoT services in the Australia/New Zealand region.

2017-04-27 - 12:30 EST
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