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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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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

Optus seals Exetel NBN aggregation deal; NBN wireless is just fine says nbn; Retailers IoT spending splurge; Dubber goes live in Europe, UK with ‘revolutionary’ solution for telcos; Ericsson unlocks LTE-U and better wireless indoor performance; Android losing marketshare to Apple iOS in Europe; Nokia Networks unveils its programmable 5G multi-service architecture.
Affordability of telecoms services under scrutiny says Corbin; Transparency on affordability and performance are pressing issues says ACCC; Amazon slaps SVOD competitors with new mobile downloads; Symbio launches toll-fraud mitigation platform; Telstra rolls over and offers data/call credit roll over on pre-paid; NT Police nabs crooks with NEC face recognition.
Telcos Want Reduced Powers For Acma; Silicon Meets Photonics In New Optical Chip; Industry Unites Against Copyright Trolls; Superloop Releases First Results As Public Company; More Data, Longer Expires Says Optus; Presto Goes Hd Officially At Long Last; Massive Apple Account Theft From New Malware Hit On Jailbroken Ios.
Telstra Confirms San Miguel Discussions; Who’s That New Chinese Company? I Don’t Know, But Its Name Rings A Bell; Accc Grants Final Approval Of Nbn, Optus Deal; Acquisitions Bring Big Profit Drop For Inabox; Out Of Left Field Remember Aussat?; As Inmarsat Launches Third Gx Satellite.
Telstra To Telaustralia: Cease And Desist Teleaustralia To Telstra: Go Jump; Stan Reaches 300,000 Subscribers, Says Nine; As Many Mobile Subscriptions As People In The World; Mobile Operators Using Microwave For Backhaul; Convergence, Mergers & Acquisitions Part Of Our Growing ‘connected’ Economy.
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Forthcoming events

Laureate Emeritus Professor Rod Tucker will provide an overview of competing broadband technologies, and address the question of what Australia needs to do to become a world leader in broadband connectivity.
Professor Emeritus Rod Tucker

When: 

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 - 05:30pm EST

Location: 

Carlton, VIC
Stuart Corner
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.
Stuart Corner

When: 

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 - 01:00pm EST

Location: 

Sydney, NSW
Warren Lemmens - CTO, Alcatel-Lucent Oceania
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.
Warren Lemmens - CTO, Alcatel-Lucent Oceania

When: 

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 - 12:30pm EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
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.

When: 

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 - 05:00pm EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
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Based on well-founded economic modelling, this presentation will show there are substantial benefits arising from the roll-out of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN). The presentation will also explore some of the issues around the bandwidth requirements for services and look at short-term effects during the NBN’s construction phase.
2015-08-25 - 12:30 EST
Making Cloud Real will cover what analysts are predicting about cloud, what cloud can do for you, different cloud models, integration approaches so business processes work and migration considerations. The changes to IT job roles in a cloudy future will also be discussed.
2015-07-28 - 12:30 EST
“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
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