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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 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.

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. 

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. 

Trevor Barr’s page-turner of a novel Grand Intentions tackles the ugly side of the neo-liberalism sweeping Australia in the 1990s and 2000s.  It examines the privatisation of an incumbent telecommunications carrier, and the drastic impact of its imported US corporate culture on several individuals. He deploys a cast of plausible fictional characters while allowing the narrative to be driven by an echo of real events in the Australian telecommunications industry.

Grand Intentions by Trevor Barr is an exciting read that involves many themes and works at many levels.  It concerns a fictitious telephone company, Telco One, which is undergoing major change as the Government privatises it.  Telco One is in the throes of moving from a traditional culture based on public sector, even public service, values to a commercial entity subject to the overwhelming imperative of shareholder value.  The twists and turns as Telco One transforms from its previous culture into a dynamic commercial entity are transfixing.  This is a must-read book for those with an interest in what could become a dystopian drama if not for the emergence and re-emergence of grand intentions and praiseworthy aspirations of the characters themselves.

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

Charles Todd

Please help select the next Charles Todd Medalist by submitting your nomination here.

NBN Co over ‘does it’ with new stats and double entendres
Someone at NBN Co is very excited about the latest stats, facts and figures thanks to NBN Co’s new ‘detailed and extensive nbn Broadband Index’ study. But is there really anything to get excited about?

Telstra boosting ‘field workforce’ by 1000 over next six months

ACCC gives the nod to Vocus acquisition of Nextgen
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given the final green light to Vocus’ acquisition of Nextgen Networks with its decision not to oppose the deal on the grounds of diminished market competition.

Samsung Australia Note7: New stock from Sept 21, auto software update
A brand new update from Samsung Electronics Australia has just arrived in my inbox concerning replacement Note7 devices - here’s what you need to know.

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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

When: 

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 - 12:15pm EST

Location: 

Pyrmont, NSW
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

When: 

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 - 12:30pm EST

Location: 

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.

When: 

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 - 06:00pm EST

Location: 

Adelaide, SA

Visit to the University of Adelaide, John R. Prescott Environmental Luminescence Laboratory (PELL) in “The Braggs” building. Luminescence induced by ionising radiation can be used for the quantification of both ambient radiation and total absorbed radiation dose.  Such "environmental dosimetry" has unique applications to Defence, National Security and Public Health.

Adjunct Professor Nigel A. Spooner

When: 

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 - 04:45pm EST

Location: 

Adelaide, SA
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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.

2016-08-30 - 12:30 EST

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

The impact of the NBN on the future of Australia's connectivity, technological developments, and networked society remains an important topic. Mike Quigley was the first employee of NBN Co and its CEO for four years. He will reflect on the ups and downs of the NBN project over the past several years, and considers the various options to complete the NBN.

2016-06-22 - 18:00 EST
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