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Financial members of TelSoc are invited and encouraged to nominate candidates for the 2020 Charles Todd Medal.  This medal will be awarded to the individual  considered to have made the most outstanding contribution to Australian telecommunications in recent years.  Previous winners of the Charles Todd Medal are listed here. The Charles Todd Medal is named in honour of the man who made a huge contribution to Australian telecommunications as leader and  organiser of...

28th September 2020

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Telstra and Microsoft digital partnership extended With the partnership billed as signalling "new generation digital foundations for Australian businesses", Microsoft will help Telstra set up "one of Australia’s largest digital twins", with emissions reduction initiatives, and the continued driving of digitally transformative operational models. Telstra, Governments invest $11m comms upgrade to remote Tas island Telstra and the Australian and Tasmanian Governments have completed an $11...

25th September 2020

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Vodafone FIRST to increase speed caps for mobile plans Ever since Vodafone was first to introduce unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps speeds once the full speed data allocation was used up, followed by Telstra, I've long predicted that a telco would have to increase these capped speeds - and Vodafone is the first to do just that. Coalition's MTM was a colossal mistake: Quigley The man chosen by the Rudd Labor Government to head the NBN Co when it was formed has not held back in criticising...

24th September 2020

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NBN Co to spend $3.5b to provide fibre to most homes by 2023 Fibre to the premises will be available to about 75% of homes on the NBN, making a total of eight million in all, by the end of 2023, with the NBN Co to spend about $3.5 billion to upgrade connections, according to an announcement made on Wednesday. Coalition's fibre backflip no Damascene conversion COMMENT: While many people are rejoicing over the Coalition Government's backflip on its NBN policy and its announcement that it...

23rd September 2020

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NBN Co to create 240 business fibre zones, including 85 in regions The NBN Co, the company rolling out Australia's national broadband network has announced it will spend up to $700 million on creating 240 Business Fibre Zones, including a presence in 85 regional centres. NBN Co announcement: Labor says Libs now recognise that fibre is better Labor shadow communications minister Michelle Rowland says the announcement made by NBN Co on Tuesday, about spending up to $700 million on creating...

22nd September 2020

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Vocus signs three-year deal to provide national services for ATO Fibre and network solutions provider Vocus has signed a three-year deal to provide secure national data and Internet services to the Australian Taxation Office. Samsung's Verizon deal means it has chosen the US in Huawei stoush ANALYSIS Speculation that South Korean conglomerate Samsung Electronics would come to the aid of beleaguered Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies and help it to obtain...

21st September 2020

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Latest Journal Articles

This paper examines the influence of mobile technologies on financial inclusion, and the matter of whether mobile technologies and financial inclusion have an impact on the income of individuals in East Indonesia, considering the data from the Survey on Financial Inclusion and Access (SOFIA) in 2017. A seemingly unrelated probit model and an ordinary least-squares model are used to compare both determinants of formal and informal financial services, as well as simple and smart mobile technologies. The study finds that mobile technologies and access to finance significantly increase the likelihood of higher incomes. Smart technologies and formal finance have higher effects on incomes compared to the effects of simple devices or semi-formal and informal finance. Significant gaps in financial access exist between individuals in accordance with gender, income, education, and location. Technologies account for a small difference in the broader access to financial services.

Authored by Alan Dupont

Governments and telecommunications companies have invested heavily in measures designed to protect overall system security. But these measures may not be enough if China is successful in setting the rules and designing the architecture of a new internet, because the one-party state’s internet vision reflects authoritarian values that are diametrically opposed to ours. China has suggested a radical change to the way the internet functions to the International Telecommunications Union. This would bake authoritarianism into the architecture underpinning the web, giving state-run internet service providers granular control over citizens’ use. The authoritarian state’s ability to monitor and control undersea fibre optic cables is emerging as a major national security issue for Australia and other democracies. The world could split into two separate information worlds, one led by the US and the other by China. A Balkanised internet is not in Australia’s interest. We must engage with friends and allies to come up with a fit-for-purpose world wide web that is more efficient, secure, user friendly and compatible with democracy.

Authored by David Soldani

In context, this paper starts by referencing best practices adopted globally to counteract COVID-19, through such means as testing, tracing, diagnosing and treating infections. It then presents relevant examples demonstrating where 5G, AI and Bigdata technologies have been successfully deployed via policy measures and resulting processes to keep people safe, through physical distancing and various other arrangements to slow and contain the spread of COVID-19. Beyond this, examples of unique 5G characteristics, such as improved throughput, latency and reliability, and 5G resilient network configurations (including all layers and domains supporting standard security and related enhancements) are described in detail. This is followed by illustrating particular opportunities achievable on secure and resilient 5G systems incorporating digital spill-over capability. Beyond this consideration and responding to some unfounded concerns, the paper reaffirms that 5G will not have the negative effect on people’s health about which a few individuals have speculated. Picturing all this together, conclusions are drawn on a possible way forward in which policy makers’ focus can now advance from current Smart City concepts towards a more extensive Smart Society approach.

Authored by Simon Moorhead

A historic paper from 1983 which describes the need for communications for command and control of the Army.

Authored by Leith Campbell

The effect of the COVID-19 crisis on the digital economy has been profound. How and whether the widespread adoption of teleworking, telehealth and remote learning will continue after the crisis subsides is a matter for policy debate. Digital inclusion will, in any case, be important. This issue of the Journal publishes four public policy papers, two of which arise from the NBN Futures Forum in February 2020. The other two provide contrasting views on the rising influence of China on the Internet. The issue also contains five more technical papers and a historical reprint. The Journal welcomes contributions on telecommunications and the digital economy.

Nowadays, information technology (IT) has been used widely in the world. People use IT in their jobs and get the latest information about everything that happens in the world. Therefore, IT has a big impact on peoples’ lives. Information can be found easily in a news portal, social media, and a search engine. This study used social media WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook, and Instagram as the primary sources. In using social media, people can share positive (news, current research) or negative (hoax) information. Unfortunately, messages can be shared without verifying their truthfulness. Many people have used social media to share fake news and bullying. Hong Kong, France, Indonesia and Venezuela are examples of countries where a hoax has become the part of peoples’ lives. In Indonesia, the government created a Constitutional Law (CL), Undang-Undang Informasi dan Transaksi Elektronik (CL of Information and Electronic Transactions), to regulate responses to negative information and filter this kind of information. This paper analyses the effect of social media regulatory law and hoax news on social life. The results of this study show that the Indonesian CL could be useful to regulate the use of social media in other countries.