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TelSoc is a multidisciplinary society whose aim is to promote knowledge, understanding and excellence in telecommunications and its applications including the digital economy. There are regular networking activities and lectures in all states of Australia plus two keynote orations each year. TelSoc also publishes the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy.

Financial members can attend events at little or no charge plus have free access to the Journal. There is also a student membership category at a substantial discount from full membership.

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A satirical distopia concerning the effect of the Trump Presidency on future telecommunications

It would be wrong to expect either market or legislative stability in the telecommunications industry given the rapidly changing technology and the demands of users. Whilst stability may not be achievable there are aspects of telecommunications competition policy that are broken. Now is not the time to take an axe to the telecommunications competition legislation.

Broadband prices differ significantly throughout the world. This article discusses some methodologies for comparing broadband prices between countries, and suggesting five factors that influence broadband prices: supply, demand, governmental policy and regulation, average price level throughout the economy as a whole,  and physical/infrastructural factors. In this discussion, we also examine where Australia sits in relation to global broadband prices.

In this paper a review of existing telecommunications legislation and regulations in New Zealand (NZ) is conducted. The paper highlights the existing legislation in the country and discusses the organizations responsible for regulating the underlying laws. Recommendations for changes to the existing legislation and regulations in NZ are provided which are based on the current and on-going demand for telecommunication services.

In this paper we analyse the evolution of the Italian telecommunications market since the beginning of the liberalisation and privatisation process in Italy started in the mid-nineties.  We present a survey of the main regulatory interventions in the industry as well as the market structure and its dynamics in the period 2000-2015. We also provide some insights on the current state of the ultra-fast broadband access and the evolution of the so called “next generation networks”. The recent Italian government’s plan regarding the deployment of the broadband services is also discussed. 

This article reviews the development and progress of the Korean telecommunications industry. A brief history of Korean telecommunications is provided. The government’s role as a key player within industry and relevant policy is analysed. An analysis of the market competition and regulation systems as well as customer protections is conducted. IoT and 5G technologies are introduced to enable Korea to continue leading the global market.

The road to net neutrality within the European Union (EU) has been slow and winding. However, a major milestone was reached in August 2016 through the publication of the BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulators of European Net Neutrality Rules. This extended article explores the scope of the net neutrality principle as understood and applied in a number of jurisdictions. The approach in the EU is contrasted with the approaches of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States (US) and of a number of other countries.

This paper takes the approach that industry developments, the structure of governmental decision-making bodies, and policy responses are interdependent and mutually shaped. How ministries and regulatory bodies are designed and put together affects both their policy outlooks and managerial capabilities, in turn affecting their policy output. Governments have also consciously restructured ministries and regulators in order to promote specific policy orientations, or in response to changes in the industry. This three-way interaction is critically important to the responses of governments to the emerging broadband ecosystem.  The paper examines four different restructurings in the Korean government, and argues that the identification of a governmental agency as a nodal agency was the result of a new policy orientation, and the response to a change in the industrial environment. Though no two countries are totally similar in terms of their industrial and political environments or policy needs, the paper is based on the premise that the example of South Korea has useful lessons for other countries, as a leading indicator of changes in government regulatory structures in response to convergence and the emergence of the broadband ecosystem.

This article describes the telecommunications market in Poland, and explores the organisation and infrastructure of Poland’s networks as well as the evolution of this sector within the last few decades. It attempts to put a number of issues in the Polish experience in perspective. This can be used to focus further efforts in both Poland and in other nations.

This article describes how Australia’s metadata retention and disclosure regime addresses the retention and disclosure of location information and location identifiers by locally licensed providers and those that do not require a licence to operate in Australia. The paper argues the retention limitations in respect of over the-top-content and communications services are undermined by the actions of the agencies to harvest location information and conduct Big Data analytics. So does the discretion granted to the telecommunications service provider to retain location information in respect of over the-top-content and communications services.

This article provides an overview of the changing legal and regulatory regime for telecommunications and related services in Australia by charting the changes in regulation from 1901 to the present, and by indicating some of the changes that are still evolving. The article is intended to provide a framework for comparison between regulatory regimes in different jurisdictions, and as the basis for further analysis of the sector.

This paper aims at describing the evolution of the telecommunications industry in Spain. It debuts with the monopolist situation of the market in the mid 90s and then analyses the consecutive legal and regulatory reforms designed with a view to the liberalisation and introduction of perfect competition in this economic sector. The paper also considers the relationships and tensions between national Spanish and EU legislation in this area, as well as giving a critical approach on the current organisation model chosen vis-à-vis the independent regulatory authority.

Three historic papers detailing the breadth of research undertaken by the Research Laboratories of the Postmaster-General's Department (now Telstra).

Today Australia's telecommunications market is strongly contested. Competitors with highly skilled, experienced and focused marketing teams battle for market position, market share and profit growth. This has not always been so. Historically Telecom Australia's predominantly engineering culture believed that it only needed a nominal marketing department and no sales force. This is a brief story of the building of a new sales force over the first five years. After five years the "subscribers" were more widely addressed and treated as "customers" but it was to be at least another six years before the company made the customers the focus of the business.

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At the 2016 Charles Todd Oration event in Sydney on 19 October, Professor Peter Gerrand, Chair of the TelSoc Selection Panel, awarded the 2016 Medallist to Dr Simon Poole, saying “Simon Poole is a technologist and entrepreneur who has made outstanding contributions to the world’s optical fibre infrastructure. Read more

Mobile phone operators under pressure to find new market opportunities

Which telco is preventing the introduction of virtual mobile numbers?
MNF's plan to introduce a virtual mobile number service has been stymied by the refusal of a certain carrier to maintain the 'any to any' connectivity that is a key feature of the phone system.

NBN Co to throw people at Sky Muster problems

Regional comms coalition to confront Canberra pollies head-on

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Forthcoming events

Warren Lemmens

Smart cities and innovation are on the national agenda, but are they enough to ensure Australia captures the full economic opportunity?

Warren Lemmens

When: 

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 - 05:30pm EST

Location: 

Carlton, VIC
Geof Heydon

Smarter cities and innovation are on the national agenda, but how does a city get smarter and why does it matter?

Geof Heydon

When: 

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 - 12:00pm EST

Location: 

Ultimo, NSW
Jose Torres

Jose will explore and discuss Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) solutions based on LTE-NB, LoRaWAN and Sigfox for IoT services in the Australia/New Zealand region.

Jose Torres

When: 

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 - 12:30pm EST

Location: 

Melbourne, VIC
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Smarter Cities

Smart cities and innovation are on the national agenda, but are they enough to ensure Australia captures the full economic opportunity?

2017-03-29 - 17:30 EST

This presentation will compare international broadband prices, and then suggest five factors that influence the price differences. The analysis also clarifies where Australia sits in relation to global broadband prices.

2017-02-28 - 12:30 EST

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.

2016-11-29 - 11:30 EST

You may be surprised to know that Australian residential fibre access to not exclusive to the nbn, and that competitive access has been in place since before the nbn.

The TelSoc is privileged to host Phil Smith from Opticom, an Australian pioneer in deployment of fibre explain the competitive fibre access environment in Australia and outline the pros and cons in the existing model.

2016-11-15 - 12:00 EST

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.

2016-10-19 - 12:15 EST
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