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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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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

Notice of Annual General Meeting on 28 October 2014 to be followed by a panel session with Bob James and Gary McLaren entitled: "The NBN Today - back on track or could a new path emerge?"
Graeme Samuel

You have probably already seen on the TelSoc website that we have an exciting Charles Todd Oration on November 5th.

The main event is in Sydney at Doltone House, but there are simultaneous events in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane with a live-feed of the proceedings.

ANALYSIS Telstra and Optus NBN deals ‘by Christmas’; Telstra responds to our criticism; China’s Houlin Zhao next ITU head; Optus 10 satellite completes in-orbit testing; Nokia boost 3G browsing; Telstra’s iPad pricing tips up: Air 2, Mini 3.
COVER STORY THE FTTN NBN TAKES SHAPE; Telstra and Optus NBN deals ‘by Christmas’; First FTTN locations named; G.fast comes closer – a boost for the NBN; Alcatel-Lucent launches commercial G.fast; G.fast explained (by Alcatel-Lucent) O PINION Regulator sides with Telstra on FAD pricing; Telstra responds to our criticism; Mint Wireless sacks CEO, share trading halte; Telstra moves into video advertising; China’s Houlin Zhao next ITU head; Optus 10 satellite completes in-orbit testing; Telstra promises better consumer compliance; Australia’s cloud services market sky high; iPhone 6 boosts Apple’s numbers; and Telstra’s; Australia’s .au market maturing; Lenovo moves in on BlackBerry; Yuile crosses from AAPT to Nextgen; FCC explores new 5G mobile frequency bands; Telstra opens upgraded Sydney HQ; Australia Post boosts regional services; EU drops China subsidy probe; Nokia boost 3G browsing; Telstra’s iPad pricing tips up: Air 2, Mini 3; TIO publishes first NBN complaint numbers; Telstra aims for a health revolution; Sure Telecom breaches code 19 times; Internode sponsors WOMADelaide again; BBC fights back with ‘right to be remembered’; Telstra releases environment strategy; as ITU, minus Australia, declares ICT important for sustainable development.
OPINION Regulator sides with Telstra on FAD pricing; TIO publishes first NBN complaint numbers; Telstra aims for a health revolution; iPhone 6 drives Telstra postpaid customer base; Sure Telecom breaches code 19 times; Internode sponsors WOMADelaide again
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Forthcoming events

Graeme Samuel AC
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.
Graeme Samuel AC

When: 

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 - 12:00pm EST

Location: 

Pyrmont, NSW
Gary McLaren
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.
Gary McLaren
Bob James

When: 

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 - 11:45am EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
Graeme Samuel AC
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.
Graeme Samuel AC

When: 

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 - 12:00pm EST

Location: 

Adelaide, SA
Graeme Samuel AC
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.
Graeme Samuel AC

When: 

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 - 12:30pm EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
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Latest presentation media

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

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.

2014-08-26 - 12:30 EST

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
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