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5G smartphones expected to reach 12% of market by year-end: Gartner The global share of 5G smartphones will grow from 12% in 2020 to 43% in 2022, the technology research firm Gartner has forecast, with the entire mobile phone market poised to grow 1.7% this year. ‘Standalone’ 5G offers opportunities for market differentiation: analyst Standalone 5G is coming in 2020 as a fully virtualised, cloud-native architecture that will enable ultra-low latency services and faster data speeds, opening...

22nd January 2020

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Warning that Huawei 5G ban could cost Australia AUD$12 billion Up to 3 million Australians – mostly in the bush - will miss out on getting access to 5G by 2023 because of the Australian Government’s 5G ban on China’s Huawei - at a cost of US$8.2 billion (AUD$12B) to the economy, according to UK based forecasting and quantitative analysis firm Oxford Economics. ACMA seeks feedback on ways that businesses influence broadcast news The Australian Communications and Media Authority is examining...

21st January 2020

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Australia broadband cost down, but country ranks 113th out of 206 nations A British website that regularly surveys broadband packages globally has ranked Australia 113th out of 206 countries that it looked at between 28 November 2019 and 8 January this year. Next Telecom expands business with telco acquisitions Telecommunications service provider Next Telecom has ramped up its business with the acquisition of four Melbourne-based telcos - Next Business Telecommunications, Business Class...

21st January 2020

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 This is the final edition of CommsWire Afternoon for 2019.  We will be back on 13 January 2020. We would like to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous and Safe New Year! Ericsson, Microsoft team up on connected vehicle platform integration Ericsson and Microsoft have teamed up in a deal that will see them integrating their respective platforms to bring their connected vehicle expertise together....

21st December 2019

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New protections against bill shock from mobile roaming charges 'enhanced' by ACMA Rules to better protect Australians against the bill shock that can come from high international mobile roaming charges, have been enhanced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). Encryption law: 40% of firms say they have lost sales after passage Two-fifths of the respondents to a survey about the encryption law passed by the Coalition Government last year say they have lost sales or...

20th December 2019

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Vodafone significantly less complaints than Telstra and Optus The Communications Alliance has released its "first expanded Complaints in Context report”, showing that for participating service providers in July to September of this year, there were an average 6.8 complaints to the TIO per 10,000 Services in Operation. Vodafone was well below the average number while Telstra and Optus were just above. More work needed on impact of ‘unreliable telco services’: ACCAN ACCAN, the organisation...

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Latest Events

26th November 2019 2019 TelSoc AGM 11:45 AEDT Telstra Experience Centre Detail
22nd October 2019 NBN Future Forum: Realising the User Potential of the NBN 12:00 AEDT RMIT, Building 80, Room 080.09.012 Detail
18th September 2019 2019 Charles Todd Oration 12:00 AEST Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf Detail

Latest Journal Articles

Authored by Simon Moorhead

A recent paper from February 2013 foreshadowing the dynamic changes in e-Learning from Australia’s roll-out of the National Broadband Network.

Authored by Leith Campbell

TelSoc has held its first forum on the future of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN). Three papers from that forum are published in this issue. TelSoc is planning a second forum, discussing the user potential of the NBN, in October 2019. The historical reprint in this issue is also NBN-related about online learning. The technical papers in this issue concern architectural issues in the Internet of Things and cybersecurity. The Journal welcomes further contributions on telecommunications and the digital economy.

The last two decades have seen a fundamental shift in the manufacturing, sourcing and operation of technology, which has raised concerns in state security agencies about the cybersecurity risk to government and critical infrastructure. Sophisticated cyber attacks continue to be launched by state actors worldwide, while the engineering practices in common use have failed to deliver a commensurate improvement in technology cyber security. Cyber attacks continue to be successful against commercial networks, leading the US Government to encourage government agencies to look towards models such as zero-trust networking and tailored trustworthy spaces. There has been progress in product engineering, with formal methodologies such as Correctness by Construction (CbyC) successfully producing commercial products with increased trustworthiness. However, the adoption of these techniques has been limited, and governments are now increasingly resorting to an approach of technology Balkanization, where import and use of products and components may be restricted based on their country of origin. Even in the early stages of this strategy, the effect upon the economy is significantly adverse. We propose an alternative to technology Balkanization by combining trustworthy engineering approaches with the use of a national security component we call a sanctum which together can deliver sovereign trust.

Internet of Things (IoT)-based services have started making an impact in various domains, such as agriculture, smart farming, smart cities, personal health, and critical infrastructures. Sensor/IoT devices have become one of the indispensable elements in these IoT systems and services. However, their development is restricted by the rigidity of the current network infrastructure, which accommodates heterogeneous physical devices. Software-Defined Networking-Network Functions Virtualization (SDN-NFV) has emerged as a service-enabling solution, supporting network and network function programmability. Provisioning IoT applications on demand is a natural application of programmability. However, these technologies cannot be directly deployed in the sensing/monitoring domain due to the differences in the functionality of SDN network devices and sensor/IoT devices, as well as the limitation of resources in IoT devices. This paper proposes an S-MANAGE protocol that preserves the SDN-NFV paradigm but provides a practical solution in controlling and managing IoT resources for provisioning IoT applications on demand. S-MANAGE is proposed as a new southbound protocol between the software-defined IoT controller and its IoT elements. The paper presents the design of S-MANAGE and demonstrates its use in provisioning IoT services dynamically.

Authored by Jim Holmes

This article summarises the presentation given by the author at the TelSoc NBN Futures forum held in Melbourne on 31 July 2019. The author spoke in favour of retaining NBN Co in public ownership, at least for the medium term and until a long-term plan and evolution pathway has been established. Such a plan is needed to ensure that Australians have affordable access to world’s best broadband service and that delivers social and economic inclusion. Dr Holmes argued that there are positive reasons for supporting public ownership, and that this was the least worst of the options available.

Authored by Peter Gerrand

No national goal has been set for how the National Broadband Network should provide competitive advantage for Australian small or medium enterprises (SMEs) participating in the global digital economy. This paper proposes robust national goals for how the NBN should serve both our digital society and our digital economy. From this perspective it considers the merits of merging NBN Co with InfraCo, and the pros and cons of public versus private ownership of the merged entity, “NetCo”.