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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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’.
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
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

CommsWire 23 July 2014

IP Star to the rescue – NBN interim satellite scheme gets much needed boost

CommsWire 22 July 2014

ACMA hosts regional regulators’ meeting – ‘strength in diversity’

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is playing host to the fourth Asia Pacific Regulators Roundtable, being held this week in Sydney.

CommsWire 21 July 2014

ECONOMUSE     Can we go faster and cheaper, please?

The focus to-date has been on rolling-out the NBN faster and cheaper. The NBN does need to be faster and cheaper – but to its users.

Telstra wins $200 million in NBN court stoush; Unpicking the cherry picking – what Vertigan means for TPG; Where to now for the Senate NBN Committee?; Collaboration a big boost to local economy; CloudFlare picks Equinix for big expansion; Digital watermarking may end piracy.
NBN, VERTIGAN, TELSTRA AND LOWERED EXPECTATIONS; IBM and Apple form unlikely alliance; Kiwi ISP gets around geoblocking; Buckingham confirmed as iiNet CEO; Australia at top of new e-trade index; Google forms council on ‘right to be forgotten’; Large screen iPhone delayed; Huawei unveils its new data centre products; and a green supply chain; Fujitsu spending billions on the cloud; Sprint and T-Mobile close to a deal; Collaboration a big boost to local economy; CloudFlare picks Equinix for big expansion; Apple hits back at China over privacy fears; ACMA looks to lower fees for professional wireless microphone users; Rupert Murdoch calls NBN 'ridiculous'; and Time Warner rebuffs him; Telecom NZ to launch 4G mobile over 700 MHz; Pacnet gets Gartner gong; Juniper boosts executive team; Telstra statement to ASX on divestments; Ciena announces major new software suite; Brocade joins Ethernet Consortium; while Riverbed joins Azure group; Digital watermarking may end piracy.
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Forthcoming events

Nick Gurney

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 revenue along the way. This strategy – focused on high-value opportunities and growth – served CSPs well for almost a decade.

Nick Gurney - Communications Sector Leader, Growth Markets, IBM


Tue, 29 Jul 2014 - 12:30pm EST


Melbourne, 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
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

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

AARNet, Australia’s National Research and Education Network, enables Australian research and education institutions to collaborate with the rest of the world and participate at the edge of discover

2014-03-25 - 12:30 EST
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