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NNNCo covers 80% of Sydney with LoRaWAN for IoT network Australia’s largest LoRaWAN (long range wide area network) provider NNNCo has gone live with the expansion of its National Narrowband Network across Greater Sydney, claiming to cover 80% of the city’s population and accelerate IoT adoption. Huawei uses rival's words to claim Australia's 5G ban hurts country Huawei Australia has used comments made by Ericsson chief executive Börje Ekholm during the presentation of results to push the...

23rd October 2020

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NBN Co launches new campaign to incentivise Internet retailers National Broadband Network provider NBN Co has launched a campaign featuring new incentives for Internet retailers to sell higher speed broadband plans to customers. Taylor Construction successfully trials 5G for high-tech applications While there have been many hypothetical use cases for 5G, and predictions about the business applications it will enable, Australian company Taylor Constructionhas demonstrated that 5G is a...

22nd October 2020

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Customers to benefit from new NBN consumer experience rules: ACMA Australia’s telecommunications regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), has taken action to enhance NBN consumer experience rules to protect Australians during the final phase of the National Broadband Network migration. Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm demo 5Gbps peak speed in 5G lab test US wireless provider Verizon, Swedish telecommunications equipment vendor Ericsson and processor maker Qualcomm...

21st October 2020

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TPG completes Australia's first city-wide ten gigabit network Having a gig in today's COVID-19 economy is welcome, having 10 gigs is even better, and having 1000 buildings fully connected to Australia's first city-wide ten gigabit network in rad Adelaide is a landmark, strategic achievement delivering world-class digital infrastructure. Optus, AWS ink strategic collaboration agreement Optus has signed a collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services aimed at better supporting digital...

20th October 2020

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Aussie Broadband ASX IPO gets off to solid start Aussie Broadband, or ABB as it is now designated on the ASX, has a current share price of $1.90 at time of publication, 90c more than its $1 IPO, and while it's down from a high of $2.22, ABB's prospects are definitely strong. UNSW, Telstra collaborate on cyber security skills study courses The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has partnered with Telstra to co-develop two cyber security micro-credentials aimed at helping build the...

19th October 2020

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Study finds firms keen to use LTE or 5G as sole WAN link Nearly 9 in 10 organisations (88%) in Australia surveyed by local technology analyst outfit Telsyte for LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions provider Cradlepoint are either using or thinking of using LTE or 5G as the sole WAN link in branch locations. 5G Networks outbids US firm to keep Webcentral in Australian hands Publicly-listed data infrastructure and network services provider 5G Networks will become the new owner of the...

16th October 2020

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Latest Journal Articles

Wireless sensor networks have attracted much attention because of many applications in the fields of industry, military, medicine, agriculture, and education. In addition, the vast majority of research has been done to expand their applications and improve their efficiency. However, there are still many challenges for increasing the efficiency in different parts of this network. One of the most important parts is to improve the network lifetime in the wireless sensor network. Since the sensor nodes are generally powered by batteries, the most important issue to consider in these types of networks is to reduce the power consumption of the nodes in such a way as to increase the network lifetime to an acceptable level. The contribution of this paper is using topology control, the threshold for the remaining energy in nodes, and two metaheuristic algorithms, namely SA (Simulated Annealing) and VNS (Variable Neighbourhood Search), to increase the energy remaining in the sensors. Moreover, using a low-cost spanning tree, an appropriate connectivity control among nodes is created in the network in order to increase the network lifetime. The results of simulations show that the proposed method improves the sensor lifetime and reduces the energy consumed.

Indonesia has entered into global economic development that is based on innovation, communication and technology. This is the first point where it becomes the driving force in economic growth. The Indonesian millennial population, which is creative and innovative, has the potential to increase national economic growth based on the digital economy and aim for Society 5.0. Nowadays, innovation and creativity are the keys to success in economic growth in the globalization era. Those keys are closely related to the intellectual property system. In the globalization era, developed countries are the ones utilizing intellectual property as a driving force for the economy through science, technology, creativity and new innovation. One of the changes in media is the rise of Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers, a media service growing in popularity in the world of telecommunication, government and academia. Given these changes, Indonesia should protect a creator’s economic rights over content through implementing regulations to enforce its copyright law and enable the monetization of content. Telecommunications providers should focus more on the content industry.

This paper presents the design of a compact 2x2 microstrip antenna array of size 11.9x15.3 mm2 operating at the mm-wave region of 38 GHz. We achieved a high gain of 14.58 dB, a return loss of -17.7 dB, and a wide impedance bandwidth of 500 MHz. This antenna is duplicated twelve times around an angle of 30° forming a low-profile dodecagon. Each sector can cover a beam of 58° to obtain 12 beams covering the 360 degrees. When compared with implemented antenna designs in the literature that target similar features of compact size and low profile at the desired 5G frequency of 38 GHz, our design had a noticeable reduction in size with an increased gain. Our designed antenna is suited for MIMO beamforming, or switched beam technology applications in mobile wireless systems that include miniaturized base stations or moving network systems, such as mobile hotspots or vehicular networks and related elements.

Authored by John de Ridder

Small island nations that have relied on satellites for international connectivity are now being connected by submarine cables that have infinitely more capacity. The hope is that these cables will lift the social and economic development of the economies connected. This hope is more likely to be realized with the adoption of wholesale traffic pricing based on the capacity abundance brought by the cable system rather than historical wholesale bandwidth pricing, which assumes capacity scarcity. Reductions in the wholesale cost of international connectivity are more likely to be passed on to end users if there is retail competition. The proposed wholesale pricing model facilitates increased retail competition. These ideas are explored in a case study of the Cook Islands, which is a member of the Manatua Cable Project.

On 18 August 2020, TelSoc hosted the fourth NBN Futures Forum, held online, on the theme of social and economic benefits of broadband. Three speakers discussed various aspects of the topic, including the need for universal digital inclusion, the benefits of healthcare delivery via telehealth, and the actions required of government to support telehealth availability. Discussion following the speeches emphasised the need for universal access to broadband and telehealth services to improve access to health providers and, through education, reduce social inequities and overcome some social determinants of poor health outcomes.

Authored by Simon Moorhead

Liz Fell’s interview in 2011 with the Australian Shadow Minister for Telecommunications, Malcolm Turnbull MP, was notable for his combativeness (rare amongst her interviewees). In tribute to both Ms Fell and Mr Turnbull, we republish that interview with the future Prime Minister who, as Minister for Communications in 2013-15, implemented the multi-technology mix redesign of the National Broadband Network.