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 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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The National Broadband Network is a focus of the June 2016 issue with four papers providing an insight into the nation’s largest infrastructure project. A historical paper on vibration measurement highlights how times have changed as the telecommunications networks evolve The Government’s review of the Universal Service Obligation has commenced with the Productivity Commission being tasked to inquire into how the universal service obligation might be updated to meet current and future needs.

In the March 2016 issue papers cover a range of topics that include the UK BBC charter review, film and television being affected by Internet clichés and an interesting look at digital currencies. Two historical articles on the bombing of Darwin and radio telephone surveying provide interesting reading about past telecommunications challenges.

While the Internet has come to play a significant role in screen narratives, an undercurrent in many depictions – in varying degrees of fervour – is that the Web is complicated, elusive and potentially even hazardous. This paper focuses on some of the persistent negative frames used in portrayals of the Internet and examines how, and why, they recur. This paper focuses on four technophobic frames including dehumanisation, the Internet as a badlands, the Web as possessing inherent vulnerabilities and the cyberbogeyman. Explanations for the popularity of these frames – notably as grounded in the mandates of filmmaking – are also proposed.

Australia is facing numerous challenges in its attempt to upgrade its telecom infrastructure. This paper summarises the little-known and even less understood history of telecom development in the USA. The authors believe this may provide useful ideas for Australian telecom policy and development that have not yet been considered. 

This paper analyses the value of FTTN and FTTP along financial and non-financial dimensions. It reports on an open, public, dynamic ‘value model’ of FTTN and FTTP, and showcases two visual tools to enable assessment of their multiple, competing, emerging and slippery ‘value dimensions’. The paper reports and compares empirically-derived FTTN and FTTP value dimensions from recent Ministerial Speeches at CommsDay Summit 2016 and Government expert reports with the value model. 

Both the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) are being subjected to close scrutiny, but from different quarters. During the lead up to the British general election in 2015, the Cameron Conservative government issued a Green Paper, BBC Charter Review, July-October 2015, which broke new ground in terms of the scope of such an enquiry for its level of institutional criticism. Whilst ostensibly the document only purported to raise options for future change, and invited public submissions for consideration, there has been widespread concern about the possible serious intentions of the government for the Corporation’s future. Though the ABC appears to be subject to much less vitriolic attack than its British counterpart, it too faces a range of threats and abuses. Paradoxically, such aggressive scrutiny comes at a time when both broadcasting corporations enjoy record audiences, continuing high levels of public trust, and on-line market leadership as a result their successful development of new digital platforms. 

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are a recent socio-technical innovation that seeks to disrupt the existing monetary system. Through mundane uses of this new digital cash, they provide a social critique of the centralised infrastructures of the banking industry. This paper outlines an ethnographic research agenda that considers how the social uptake and use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin represents alternative views towards value exchange and critiques existing financial structures.

On 22 June 2016, Mike Quigley, the founding CEO of NBN Co, gave an address to TelSoc on his insights into, and predictions for, the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN).  This article provides a brief summary of his presentation and a commentary on some of the issues raised. 

The NBN rollout is several years into the project; a recently released report from the ACCC has given insights into the wholesale market and initial market indicators show that the market is becoming less competitive. This paper examines the costs of interconnecting with the NBN and demonstrates why the NBN has not achieved its goal of providing a level playing field for all telecommunication companies. By looking at the true cost of providing NBN services to NBN users, it is shown that the NBN pricing model is flawed and will affect the quality of service being provided to Australians. 

19 February 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the first Japanese air raid on Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory and its gateway to Asia. The first bombing raid targeted the flotilla of ships in the harbour and key infrastructure such as telecommunications, severing the vulnerable north of Australia from the rest of the country. But the severance was short-lived, thanks to the efforts of dedicated staff of the Postmaster-General’s Department who worked tirelessly under arduous conditions to maintain essential communications between the warfront in the north and the rest of the nation to the south. 

Radio telephone surveying at the end of World War 2 was physically challenging, as well as technically demanding. The historic paper describes the extraordinary challenges faced by technical and lines personnel conducting propagation measurements for a radio telephone link from Victoria to Tasmania between 1947 and 1949. 

Two historic papers from the Journal in 1969 that provide unique examples of vibration measurements in the field, verify reality and discredit some conventional wisdoms in the field of cable installation.

Society news

Teresa Corbin
At the Charles Todd Oration in Sydney on 26 November, the telecommunication industry’s top consumer advocate Teresa Corbin, CEO of ACCAN, was awarded the 2015 Charles Todd Medal on behalf of TelSoc. The Charles Todd Medal is regarded as the highest honour that the Australian telecommunications industry can bestow.
Charles Todd

Call for nominations - Charles Todd Medal 2016

Optus extends NT mobile coverage with ‘innovative’ small cell technology

Vodafone Australia boss says consistent growth in 2016
Want to know what Vodafone is doing about 5G, 4G, NBN, IoT, more $5 roaming, Mymix plans, unlimited data and more? Local CEO Iñaki Berroeta tells all.

Telstra’s new Pre-Paid Plus plans at $40 and $50 very competitive
With MVNO activity heating up to fantastic new levels of competition, it’s very interesting to see Telstra make its most generous pre-paid moves yet.

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Forthcoming events

Iñaki Berroeta

What is VHA’s role in the Australian mobile market going forward? How is Australia placed to take advantage of advances in mobile technology such as 5G and IoT??

Hear from the CEO of VHA, Iñaki Berroeta, as he draws on his more than 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry globally.  

Iñaki Berroeta, CEO of Vodafone Hutchison Australia


Wed, 19 Oct 2016 - 12:15pm EST


Pyrmont, NSW
BMW Connected Drive

BMW Connected Drive customers benefit from smart vehicle telemetric data to receive a range of in car, concierge, vehicle performance, car-to-car and emergency applications.  Markus Volkmann will provide a number of uses-cases for the connected car and provide a technical overview of the supporting platform ecosystem that provides seamless roaming across service provider networks.

Markus Volkmann


Tue, 30 Aug 2016 - 12:30pm EST


Melbourne, VIC

Tour of the REDARC Electronics state of the art design and manufacturing facility.

Tour hosted by Anthony Kittel


Wed, 21 Sep 2016 - 04:45pm EST


Lonsdale, SA
Prof. Farzad Safaei

Professor Farzad Safaei will present and demonstrate the next generation of immersive multimedia collaboration services including large scale multiperson-to-multiperson meeting places for groups of people to work, play, teach, exhibit or socially interact.

Professor Farzad Safaei


Tue, 27 Sep 2016 - 12:30pm EST


Melbourne, VIC

Students from our three universities present their final year projects whilst competing in the IET Rex Jones Student Presentation Prize. IEEE Student Subject prizes will also be presented at this meeting.


Tue, 18 Oct 2016 - 06:00pm EST


Adelaide, SA
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Latest presentation media

LPWAN technologies offer dramatically lower cost for sensing which unlocks business cases for data collection and enables virtual real-time and persistent monitoring. Discover what it can mean for industry, how it can be exploited and dig into the pros and cons.

2016-08-22 - 12:00 EST

Arthur Koulianos will provide an overview of how Australian businesses have been using Telematics over the past 13 years and how their requirements have changed in recent times.

2016-07-26 - 12:30 EST

Google, Apple, Facebook are investing significant amounts of money in Augmented Reality technology. However success to date has been limited including the withdrawal of Google glasses. Where is Augmented Reality on the deployment curve? In this presentation Erik will demonstrate what Augmented Reality is, how it works and what the applications are/will be.

2016-06-28 - 12:30 EST

This year HSO will be presented by Professor Alex Grant , CEO of Myriota, founder of Cohda Wireless and previously Professor of Information Theory at the University of SA. The topic: “Satellites, Cars and the Internet of Things: The challenges and rewards of crossing the boundary between academia and industry”. Please join TelSoc and Alex for lunch and drinks at the Telstra Theatrette in Melbourne.

2016-06-07 - 12:00 EST

You too can be an NBN Retail Service Provider! This presentation will provide insights into the opportunities and challenges of the NBN. Focussing on wholesale and why it is crucial to have a thriving competitive market outside of the big 4. Also, how can a a next generation wholesaler overcome barriers to enable competition and reduce the monopolistic power in the telco market.

2016-05-31 - 12:30 EST
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