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Membership is open to all who have an interest in telecommunications, its applications and its contribution to the digital economy.

Over the next decade telecommunications will take centre stage as the way that we live, interact with our family and friends and the things around us changes faster than at any time in history. Papers in the December 2017 issue of the Journal cover historical events, book reviews and international telecommunications markets including a unique look at the development of the telecommunications market in Canada.

A book review of  ‘Changing Jobs. The Fair Go in the Machine Age’ by Jim Chalmers and Mike Quigley, Redback 13, Schwarz Publishing, September 2017, 199 pp.

Two historical papers from the Journal in 1939 and 1990 respectively contrasting the telecommunication facilities and lifestyles at Alice Springs.

The 1992 Future Mode of Operation strategy was to achieve a fully competitive, almost fully digital inter-exchange network, approaching world parity within five years. The paper covers the story of the rationale and planning, and the building of the first competitive telecommunications network strategy in the Postmaster General's Department (PMG), Telecom Australia (Telecom) and AOTC (Telstra) in over 90 years.

The paper “Revisiting the Structural Separation of Telstra”, published in the Spring 2004 issue of the Telecommunications Journal of Australia and republished here, provided the policy rationale for structural separation at the time, and detailed how it could have been achieved.

Tony Newstead, who died on 6 November 2017, was a pioneering figure in Australian and worldwide telecommunications network planning, as well as in Australian trad jazz as both a trumpeter and early bandleader. This obituary attempts to do justice to his career in both fields.

This paper provides an introduction to telecommunications policy in Canada, outlining the regulatory and legislative environment governing the provision of telecommunications services in the country and describing basic characteristics of its retail telecommunications services market. Drawing from regulatory and policy documents, the focus is on broad trends, central policy objectives and major players involved in Canada’s telecommunications infrastructure.

The first forays into immersive VR online dating have only just been made. The prospect is for virtual dates seeming as real as a physical date. Understanding how immersive technology functions provides perspectives into the future of online dating and potential impacts on the digital economy.

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Best Buy to stop selling Huawei phones: report
Chinese telecommunications provider Huawei is facing another setback in the US, with the multinational electronics corporation Best Buy deciding to take its phones off their shelves in the next few weeks.

iiNet, Internode compensate customers for misleading NBN speed claims

Missing: 200,000 dwellings from NBN Co ready-to-connect category
About 200,000 homes and businesses which were classed as "ready to connect" in November 2017 by the NBN Co have gone missing from this category of dwellings according to the company's own figures.

Foxtel reported to be ditching HFC network
The Australian Labor Party has raised doubts about the reliability of the Telstra HFC cable network after it was reported that Foxtel would not be using HFC for transmission any more, but moving to satellite.

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Forthcoming events

Dr Abdul Memon

Dr Abdul Memon will provide a  review of the connected vehicle industry. He will cover the Global C-V2X Industry standards and developments, and also discuss Huawei's early trials and engagements with industry partners.

Dr Abdul Memon - Huawei Technologies Australia


Tue, 27 Mar 2018 - 12:30pm EST


Melbourne, VIC
Dr Christian Schlaeger

Following this month's Mobile World Congress, Dr Christian Schlaeger, G+D’s Head of Cyber Security will be presenting a on Cyber Security, IoT and Industry 4.0. The session will have a strong focus on digital identity, the connected consumer and digital transformation as well all the latest insights in emerging technologies.

Dr Christian Schlaeger


Tue, 27 Mar 2018 - 04:00pm EST


Ultimo, NSW
Mike Wood

With the next generation of wireless technology 5G accelerating at a rapid pace, and Australia playing a key role in global EMF standardisation, this presentation will provide an overview of 5G, how 5G works and the challenges and opportunities ahead in managing Electromagnetic Fields.  

Mike Wood


Tue, 24 Apr 2018 - 12:30pm EST


Melbourne, VIC
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This MEMBERS ONLY event incorporates a sandwich lunch, the TelSoc's Annual General Meeting and a lecture by Rod Tucker - Laureate Emeritus Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

2017-11-28 - 12:00 EST

Bevan Slattery has been exceptional in identifying and servicing up and coming markets, from network connectivity in Pipe Networks, to Data Centres in NextDC to international connections and networks in Superloop and Megaport.

A prime example as Australia’s leading entrepreneur in Telecommunications and IT, he has not slowed down, having founded and played a leading role in four new ventures over the last four years

Bevan has an excellent track record in identifying the upcoming markets so far. What does he think are the key issues over the next few years?

2017-10-26 - 12:00 EST

The availability of telecommunications services are critical to the functioning of society, and even more so during the preparations for and recovery from natural disasters.  Importantly, Telecommunications companies need to be key enablers of a society resilient to climate change, and to do so they must be foremost resilient themselves. This is to protect their business (assets, staff and brand), to ensure the risks are financially transparent to shareholders, and to meet the expectations of society.  

2017-09-26 - 12:30 EST

This presentation will discuss the factors significant in household consumers' adoption of innovations and the differences to organisational adoption. It will draw on research identifying a new key factor influencing household intention to adopt high-speed broadband, with a surprising counter-intuitive result from earlier qualitative research.

2017-07-25 - 12:30 EST

Each year TelSoc hosts the Henry Sutton Oration in Melbourne to commemorate the distinguished Victorian scientist, engineer and inventor from Ballarat, Henry Sutton - who is scarcely known, but had a string of accomplishments and innovations in many areas.

We are pleased to have as the Orator distinguished innovator ...

2017-06-22 - 07:15 EST
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