Australia’s increasing use of fibre to the node (FTTN) has locked the country out of world-class broadband for years to come.
The rollout of the National Broadband Network in Australia will accelerate dramatic changes in pedagogy and access that have been underway since the advent of the Internet. The move away from bricks-and-mortar campuses towards global learning networks and the rise of mobile learning will result in access to education becoming a universal human right.
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.
In many Pacific countries mobile phones are emerging as a key element of the local communication systems, and are being be built into disaster management and communication plans. With a focus on mobile and other telecommunications technologies, this paper provides an overview of disaster communication systems and infrastructures, practices and challenges in the region.
This paper reports on a community survey which was conducted to explore the extent to which members of a culturally and linguistically diverse community living on a public housing estate in Melbourne’s North, and the health professionals providing local community health services, currently used telecommunications in relation to health information.
Globalisation may not lead to international competitiveness without consideration of the key reason for participation in the global economy and adoption of an approach that provides consistency. How can consumers determine the suitability of what is offered to them and be certain they’re getting what they paid for? And how can suppliers be sure their offering is appropriate for their potential offshore markets? From BICSI’s perspective, the answer is “standards”.
This paper offers an overview of participatory approaches to disaster management and climate change adaptation as an introductory framework for the following five papers on the special theme of telecommunications and disaster management
This study examines South Korea’s Information Network Village (INVIL) project as an exemplary policy of building sustainable communities through a digital divide policy implemented in small rural areas.
One of the central goals of ACCAN’s 2013 Affordability Roundtable was to kick-start a broader discussion around affordability of telecommunications products and services, encouraging new and innovative social programs and industry-wide models which can be employed to alleviate the affordability divide. This paper is intended as a continuation of that broader discussion and builds upon the ideas first developed in the article Improving Affordability of Communications: Research and Policy Directions published in the ATJDE in 2013.