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NBN Co boosts broadband network speeds to satisfy demand National Broadband Network operator NBNCo has launched new higher speed Internet plans in response to what it says has been strong demand for higher speed services from new customers. The plans include a new ‘close to’ 1Gbps service. Broadband data demand remains above pre-COVID-19 levels: NBN Co Broadband data demand on the National Broadband Network’s main wholesale access service has remained above pre-COVID 19 levels, according...

29th May 2020

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Optus hit by revenue, profit declines in ‘challenging’ times Australia’s second largest telco has suffered an operating revenue decline of 2% to A$8,954 million for the full year to the end of March, despite higher NBN migration revenue offsetting lower equipment and service sales. Hawaiki, two others form broadband alliance for Pacific New Zealand cable operator Hawaiki Submarine Cable has entered into a multi-million-dollar deal with two other firms to increase the capacity linking...

28th May 2020

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Global phones and device shipments will fall by 13.6% in 2020 The world will witness a 13.6% drop in shipments of devices — mobile phones, tablets, and PCs — in 2020, meaning that total shipments will be 1.9 billion units, the tech research firm Gartner has forecast. CSIRO project to herd feral wild animals from space Australia's national science agency CSIRO has set up a satellite herd-tracking program, it claims is the world's biggest, to track more than 1000 feral buffalo and unmanned...

27th May 2020

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COVID 19 home working ‘positively’ impacts Australians Australians who have been required to work from home during COVID-19 say the experience has positively impacted how they view their work/life flexibility, according to a new behavioural change survey by national broadband operator NBN Co. More than 7m Australians can now connect to the NBN More than seven million Australians are connected to the national broadband network after 455,000 new services were activated in the first quarter...

26th May 2020

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UK changes Huawei 5G stance, to eliminate gear by 2023 Ahead of a visit to the US in June, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided to reduce the involvement of Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies in the country's 5G network to zero by the end of 2023, a report claims. Morrison silent on US interference in Australia’s affairs? COMMENT Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is maintaining a studious silence about a threat by US Secretary of State Mike...

25th May 2020

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How much will it cost the US to block TSMC from selling to Huawei? ANALYSIS The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will have to get a rather large amount from the US in incentives if it is make its proposed new factory in Arizona commercially successful and avoid any issues with its business in China. Huawei slams new US restrictions on chip supplies New restrictions on the use of American products, imposed by the Commerce Department on Chinese telecommunications equipment provider...

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25th February 2020 NBN Futures Forum - Learning from International Experience 12:15 AEDT RMIT, 80.011.010, Melbourne Detail
26th November 2019 2019 TelSoc AGM 11:45 AEDT Telstra Experience Centre Detail

Latest Journal Articles

Current mobile telecommunications deployment in Indonesia, based on 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, lags behind many other developing countries because of Indonesia’s larger territory. This paper presents recent data on revenue growth (%) and the number of Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs) in Indonesia, divided among 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, and forecasts future revenue growth and numbers of BTSs for the next few years. The results show that, while revenue growth from 2G operation is decreasing and 4G deployment is significantly increasing, there are still significant revenues from 2G services and many 2G BTSs in operation at the end of the forecast period, making it difficult to shut down the 2G networks in the near future.

Authored by David Evans Bailey

This paper introduces the concept of Synchronous Reality whereby a combined sensory physical and virtual installation is created. The research is presented examining how the practice work evolved to establish the concepts which make up a Synchronous Reality installation. The research ultimately focused on creating a sensory landscape to complement the virtual layer of the installation, thus making a coherent whole which encompasses Synchronous Reality. The findings and conclusions indicate that this type of installation can increase the immersive quality and presence for the participant. The important considerations when making such an installation are also presented. The paper also touches upon a brief examination of the wider issues of how immersive virtual reality affects the digital economy and telecommunications.

Authored by Tyler Steane and Peter Radcliffe

Home automation systems have long been dependent on a permanent central controller, which has many problems, but a significant barrier to eliminating this controller is its ability to supply user interfaces to display the status of devices and control them. This paper proposes a novel protocol which allows any device or several devices, such as a smartphone, to control many devices from any manufacturer in one application in a plug-and-play manner without a central controller. Current approaches to home automation do not offer this functionality, requiring many applications from many manufacturers. The proposed novel protocol uses a standardised dictionary of UI elements and a minimalist XML device description that describes not only the UI layout for a device but also the device’s capabilities and the control procedures for the device. This light-weight all-in-one XML description is a novel combination of display, capabilities, and control and is ideal for the highly contested domestic 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi space. This is achieved without the need for a permanent central controller or an Internet connection and together with other protocols allows the elimination of the permanent central controller.

Authored by Simon Moorhead

A historic paper from 1991 which details the development of the public telephone system of Western Australia between 1887 and 1987.

Authored by Leith Campbell

On 25 February 2020, TelSoc hosted the third NBN Futures Forum in Melbourne on the theme of learning from international experience for Australia’s National Broadband Network. Three speakers discussed various aspects of the topic, including comparisons via league tables, the experience in New Zealand, and the need for good broadband to participate in the global economy. Discussion following the speeches brought out a need to understand the range of demands for broadband from a variety of end users and industrial applications.

Authored by Mark Gregory

Papers in the March 2020 issue of the Journal include discussion on the future of the $51 billion National Broadband Network (NBN), IoT device and system management and the mobile cellular networks in Indonesia. The Telecommunications Association is hosting public forums on the future of the NBN in 2020 at RMIT University in Melbourne. The Australian mobile network operators continue to rollout 5G and Telstra has announced a 5G milestone. In the U.S., the FCC has announced the allocation of 1,200 MHz in the 6 GHz band for unlicensed use including Wi-Fi 6. The Journal welcomes contributions on telecommunications and the digital economy.