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.
The NBN was born out of political controversy. The burgeoning digital economy demands ubiquitous future-proof broadband access to return its dividends of massive social benefits, service delivery and productivity improvements, and global business opportunities. But not everyone foresees the benefits nor is comfortable with the costs. Mike Quigley addresses the challenges and the lessons learned in managing the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in Australia. Mike was awarded with the Charles Todd Medal for 2013 at this event.
Twenty years ago, Michael Malone founded one of Australia’s earliest ISPs, iiNet, in the garage of his parents’ home in Perth. Michael has led iiNet to become Australia’s second largest DSL Internet service provider, with annual revenue approaching $1 billion. In 2012 iiNet defeated the might of Hollywood in a High Court decision that has helped protect the rights of all Internet users in Australia. While Michael has led iiNet from one success to another, the customer remains the centre of his business . From the early days in the garage, Michael has put his customers first helping them connect and get the most out of their technology. His steadfast commitment to customer service remains the foundation for iiNet¹s success.
M-Enabling Australasia 2013 is two days of discussion and practical demonstrations on how mobile technologies can benefit people with disability and older people. It will feature local and international experts on accessible technologies, mobile service providers, developers, manufacturers, retail and business groups, regulators, policymakers, and organisations representing people with disability and older people.
Where are the key areas of technology innovation going to occur? What opportunities are there for Australia and Australian companies? Why should we be optimistic about future changes? And what will Telstra’s place be in all this?
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.
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.
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.
This MEMBERS ONLY event incorporates a sandwich lunch, the TelSoc's Annual General Meeting and a presentation about the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) presented by Carolyn Phiddian - GM Technology Strategy / CTO at nbn.