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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Two new members of the Editorial Board; TelSoc's first year; and Australia's hunger for networked data.
Paul Paterson describes the role of the new Australian Bureau of Communications Research
This paper reports on a study of energy consumption for data storage in data centres. Unlike previous estimates, which have been extrapolations of broad energy usage within the data centre, we take a bottom-up approach. We show that the growth in energy consumption can be mitigated somewhat by adopting a more aggressive policy of data archiving on long-term, low-energy, “cold” storage; or more ideally purging data of little or no future value.
This paper seeks to bridge a conceptual gap between data analytics and privacy, and sets out extended Privacy Principles to better deal with Big Data.
Information Lifecycle Governance (ILG) provides a structured, strategic approach to reducing data growth, cost and risk, while providing the policies, processes and technology to move from a reactive to a proactive state of information management and maximise the value of information.
The Digital Universe, which consists of all the data created by PC, Sensor Networks, GPS/WiFi Location, Web Metadata, Web-Sourced Biographical Data, Mobile, Smart-Connected Devices and Next-Generation Applications (to name but a few) is altering the way we consume and measure IT and disrupting proven business models.
After a literature review, this paper reports on a study of six Australian newspaper websites, which were all analysed on the same day in July 2014. The analysis seeks to assess how newspaper websites are adapting to change and how they are relating to both their own readers and to the printed versions of the same masthead.
In the first of a series of two papers the Authors combine over 40 years of radio systems and planning experience to suggest a methodology for project-based management of spectrum planning activities.
This article presents our perspectives of the 5G technologies with two major themes: Green and Soft. By rethinking the Shannon theorem and traditional cell-centric design, network capacity can be significantly increased while network power consumption is steady or even decreased
This article explores how free Wi-Fi services offered by cultural institutions and municipalities influence public spaces, and asks how such services can engender practices which promote the social good.
This paper presents findings from a research project on mobile phones and the Internet in the lives of people experiencing homelessness. It is based on a study of 95 adults, families and young people experiencing homelessness which was carried out in Sydney and Melbourne in early 2014.
Results from a 2013 Hardship Survey show the disparity in Internet connectivity between people experiencing poverty and deprivation and Australians generally. The paper presents detailed findings from the survey on Internet connectivity.
Four historical vignettes are provided from the period 1875 to 1880 from the Proceedings of the Telegraph Electrical Society of Victoria – the lineal antecedent of today’s TelSoc (Australian Telecommunications Society).
A book review of 'Networking Services: QoS, Signalling, Processes' [Amazon Digital Services: ASIN BooIJFZTWC], by Harry Perros

Society news

New group launches communications initiative; Not so fast on data retention, says committee; OPINION Brandis: I can see you but you can’t see me; Ericsson to provide Tasmanian gateway; Telstra doubles down on tempting tablets; Europe to Google: make ‘right to be forgotten’ global; Massive growth in Wi-Fi in Australia.
NetComm’s future tied to M2M; IDC predicts global tablet growth at 7.2% over 2014 including ‘iPad decline’; ACORN planted to wipe out cybercrime; Fixed line telephony in major global decline; Fire service using Polycom video collaboration.
Telstra launches 4GX in Melbourne; Asia Pacific FTTH reaches 100 million, no thanks to Australia; Deloitte releases Australian edition of its Mobile Consumer Survey; Ericsson and IBM collaborate on 5G antenna designs; Telco IT investment growing; Chorus reduces UFB cost guidance.
Turnbull opens DiData’s Canberra cloud centre; ... and Telstra to build government cloud; Australians ‘addicted’ to smart devices, but believe we lag behind in digital; Telstra, Ericsson, Qualcomm hit 450 Mbps on 4G; ZipTel launches global data SIM card; BT in talks to buy O2, and maybe EE.
ANALYSIS Vodafone forced to deny sale speculation; Adobe backpedals on Click Frenzy claims; ACMA flags changed OTT regulation; Telstra says small cells bring big rewards; Spark and Huawei ink Kiwi mobile deal; ACMA’s new portal to boost malware fight.
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Latest presentation media

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
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.
2014-09-16 - 17:30 EST
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.
2014-09-03 - 17:00 EST
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