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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Affordability is an important and recurrent issue in telecommunications and the digital economy. this paper considers the current policy impasse, analyses leading directions, and argues for the importance of arriving at a new and unified approach to affordability.
In understanding commonalities between minority groups in relation to access and affordability, the paper argues that these can no longer be considered ‘minority’ issues as they affect a significant proportion of the Australian population. Rather, affordability needs to be framed as part of a wider discussion about access and accessibility. Furthermore, notions of access and accessibility should be emphasised and clearly distinguished from mere availability.
In this article, we show the path of the evolution in both standards and techniques and provide our vision for the future of the cellular networks. We review the evolution of international standards for cellular mobile networks in the last two decades, describe how the network layout has been migrating from rigid cellular architecture to random and dense small cells, and provide an in-depth discussion on potential enabling techniques for the next generation (5G) cellular networks
This paper describes the rationale behind AARNet’s involvement in providing a range of value-added services over its Research and Education high-speed network. Special emphasis is given to services offered ‘in the Cloud’, and in particular concentrating on its latest service offering, Cloudstor+, which provides Cloud storage to researchers across Australia.
24 high-level representatives were interviewed from across Australian society and industry to explore (a) what changes might occur in each sector once next generation broadband (NGB) is widely available and (b) what action is needed to prepare for these changes.
Telcos seek differentiation through network capacity addition, service quality and coverage improvement. Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) promises to immediately lower the capital and operational cost base. This will set the scene or faster “software-defined network” (SDN) additions which will improve utilisation of network assets.
This paper describes how hybrid fibre coaxial networks can provide all the required features of the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN) and the potential upgrade path to a future all-fibre access network.
This article describes the key events leading up to the formation in 1960 of the Computer Society of South Australia, the first State-based computer society in Australia. The key role played by Professor Ren Potts of the University of Adelaide is emphasised.
A seemingly dry, technical paper from 1937 in the Telecommunications Journal of Australia offers much broader interest following the popularity of the 2010 film ‘The King’s Speech’.
The back story to the implementation of Australia's first modern telecommunication link in 1854 is provided, together with a brief outline of the evolution of the telecommunications industry and its learned society over the subsequent 160 years.

Society news

Charles Todd and the medal in his honour
Help select the Charles Todd Medalist for 2014. Nominations are invited from financial members of TelSoc. Nominations close 29 September 2014.
Scales assertions ‘incorrect’, says Tucker; In support of a fibre to the premises NBN; Now Vodafone goes with Ericsson; Telstra warns on scams; Life in the smart lane – connected device usage reaches new high; FRITZ!Box goes VDSL2 with new modem/router.
Telstra, Optus and Vodafone hit with class action on late fees; Tablet sales decline, but Android outsells iPad; Microsoft Azure goes down worldwide; Warren & Brown build Vietnamese FTTH pilot; Telstra expands unified comms globally; Vodafone gives visitors to NZ a 4G boost.
Telstra renews Ericsson deal to support SDN; Telstra has confirmed Ericsson as its continued supplier for optical transport; Dead as a Dodo; Impossible to cost data retention, says iiNet; Australian IT managers unaware of privacy laws; Samsung buys its way into IoT market; MobileMuster wants your old phones.
ANALYSIS Turnbull talks up Telstra’s NBN plans; ECONOMUSE Hobson’s choice with NBN Co pricing; Review of 27 GHz licensing arrangements; Big increase in regional Australians online; Internet usage in Australia by region.
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Forthcoming events

Rick Costanzo

The Melbourne School of Engineering, SAP, the Institute for Broadband Enabled Society (IBES), and the Australian Computer Society (ACS) invite you to attend a Public Lecture presented by:

Rick Costanzo, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Global Mobility Solutions, SAP

Rick Costanzo - Global EVP Mobile Solutions, SAP


Thu, 21 Aug 2014 - 05:30pm EST


Parkville, VIC
Greg Stone

Over 10 years ago Joseph Pine & James Gilmour signalled the move to what they called the “Experience Economy” where customers seek unique experiences that are all about them.

Greg Stone - CTO at Microsoft Australia


Tue, 26 Aug 2014 - 12:30pm EST


Melbourne, VIC
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A panel of experts chaired by Professor Rod Tucker on the Internet of Things. According to 2014 IDC estimates, there are already more than 50 billion globally connected sensors that can track, monitor and feed data to computerised systems. IDC foreshadows that by 2020 there will be more than 200 billion sensors generating an estimated 10% of data in what will be a 44 Zettabyte (1021) digital universe.
Matthew Zwolenski - CTO Aust-NZ, EMC
Colin Fairweather - CIO, City of Melbourne
Daniel May - CIO, LIFX
Rod Tucker - Laureate Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne


Wed, 03 Sep 2014 - 05:00pm EST


Melbourne, VIC
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.
Professor Reg Coutts


Tue, 16 Sep 2014 - 05:30pm EST


Adelaide, SA
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Latest presentation media

Over the last 10 to 15 years, many Communication Service Providers (CSPs) elected to establish an international presence, extending beyond their home countries and acquiring new subscribers and rev

2014-07-29 - 12:30 EST
Nathan Burley presents a review of the Australian telco industry and a brief recent history from an equity investment standpoint. He will include the key product (fixed, mobile, broadband) and stock (TLS, SGT, TPM, etc) issues as seen by a financial analyst. Nathan is an engineer by profession and advises on telecommunications industry investments at CBA Institutional Equities.
2014-06-24 - 12:30 EST
The Wireless 5G Future

China, the world’s largest mobile market entered the 4G era at the end of 2013. 2020 is now widely considered to be the year of 5G.

2014-06-11 - 16:00 EST

Just a few years ago there were few options to deliver ultra-broadband on a mass scale.

2014-05-27 - 12:30 EST
John Goddard will present a timely review of the past, present and future HFC CATV technology directions, the global opportunities for Multi Service Operators (MSO) and relevance of HFC to Australia's NBN.
2014-04-29 - 12:30 EST
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