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Alice Springs gets first Indigenous satellite ground station Two state-of-the-art commercial satellite ground stations have been built in Alice Springs with funds from Indigenous Business Australia, the first such facility on Aboriginal-owned land. TPG Telecom’s Vodafone joins NBN 250 and Ultrafast club Australia's third largest telco brand Vodafone, now owned by TPG Telecom, is the latest RSP to give customers the option of NBN Co's recently announced 250Mbps and 500-1000Mbps services...

2nd July 2020

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*** PLEASE NOTE: Any who have not paid their dues for the coming Financial Year will not now be able to access the CommsWire PDF *** Go to and click "Renew" or "Join".   New legislation ‘guarantees’ broadband access for all Australians New legislation has just come into force in Australia, enshrining in law access to broadband services for all Australians regardless of where they live. The Federal Government claims this "guarantees" broadband access for everyone....

1st July 2020

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Optus testing 5G mmWave technology with Ericsson, first call completed Australia’s second biggest telco Singtel Optus has started testing 5G mmWave technology with Sweden's Ericsson, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Telco credit assessments under scrutiny by ACMA The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) says a study it commissioned shows telco in-store sales staff may not be adequately checking that customers have the capacity to pay for the services they are...

30th June 2020

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NSW Central Coast train stations now have free WiFi Free Wi-Fi is now available at 19 train stations on the rail line from Hornsby to Wyong in New South Wales, with Northern Sydney and Central Coast residents in the State getting greater connectivity on their daily commute. Huawei Australia, TelSoc launch paper on ‘gigabit gap’ today The Australian branch of Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies is continuing its campaign to press for inclusion among Australia's...

29th June 2020

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Akamai says it mitigated largest PPS attack DDoS Content delivery network Akamai says it has mitigated the largest packet per second distributed denial of service attack recorded on its platform, with the attack generating 809 million packets per second and targeting a large European bank. 5G fixed wireless access opportunity for mobile operators, says Nokia There is an opportunity for mobile operators to compete with broadband providers by offering 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to homes...

26th June 2020

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EME levels near small cell base stations very low, says ACMA Electromagnetic energy (EME) levels at radio transmitters for mobile phone services at small cell sites across Australia are very low, according to a new report by the telecommunications regulator ACMA. TPG shareholders vote for merger with Vodafone to go ahead The name Vodafone Hutchison Australia will disappear from the Australian business register next Monday, with the telco to be known as TPG Telecom. Data demand on NBN...

25th June 2020

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25th February 2020 NBN Futures Forum - Learning from International Experience 12:15 AEDT RMIT, 80.011.010, Melbourne Detail
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Latest Journal Articles

Authored by Gwangjae Kim and Jee Young Lee

This study examines the relationship between an information and communication technology (ICT) environment developed by strong national policy and the level of user trust in cyberspace in South Korea, using a secondary data analysis of a national survey dataset. We categorised a subsample into the following types of online activities: ‘content creation’, ‘transaction’ and ‘communication’. Each category was analysed by the types of information and the users’ experience while using the internet. The results revealed that the more internet experience a user had, the less they trusted information in cyberspace. In contrast, less experienced users perceived information in cyberspace to be more trustworthy. This was especially evident during transaction and content creation activities. These results differ from existing studies, which showed that developments to the ICT environment with increased internet usage were strongly correlated with increased trust. We present some suggestions drawn from the results of this study that focus on online trust in relation to the ICT environment.

Anomalous events such as link failure, misconfiguration, and Denial of Service attacks can affect the Internet inter-domain routing protocol. This effect can range from small to large-scale impact. While large-scale events can be detected using one or multiple global monitoring points, small-scale events need monitoring at the Autonomous System (AS) level. This paper presents a Real-time Detection Tool for Internet routing protocol Disruptions (RDTD) at AS-level. RDTD is a black-box statistical approach that detects disruptions based on observing changes in the underlying behaviour of a series of inter-domain routing updates rather than information contained in inter-domain routing updates. The RDTD can be connected to a designated AS to detect disruptions at that AS or to one of the collectors at public vantage points to detect the Internet routing disruptions from the public vantage-point’s view. The evaluation of the detection tool has been made through replaying route traffic related to one of the most well-known events within a controlled testbed. Our evaluation shows the ability of the detection tool to detect route leak in near real-time without requiring a long history of data. RDTD can also detect hidden anomalous behaviour in the underlying traffic that may pass without detection.

In recent years, Tactile Internet (TI) has become a familiar concept to humankind. It is expected to have the potential to create many new opportunities and applications that reshape our life and economy. However, the biggest challenge for recognizing the TI – the “1-millisecond challenge” remains unchanged, and it requires additional research efforts. In this paper, we will dissect what has been done and what needs to be done for the “TI ecosystem”. We will also investigate the TI concept from the perspective of the “network latency evolution”, as well as analyzing the architecture and the emerging technologies, which are needed to meet the strict requirements of the TI.

Authored by Richard Ferrers

The NBN, Australia’s National Broadband Network, is nearing its 2020 completion. The value of the NBN depends on what you compare it to. While Australia’s broadband has significantly improved over the last ten years, it is useful to compare Australia’s NBN with similar activity in the OECD and with Australia’s Top 10 Trading Partners to gain a richer understanding of NBN’s value. Australia’s broadband performance compares poorly with other OECD countries on download speed, especially over 100 Mbps download subscriptions and average download speed. However, imminent release in May 2020 of new NBN gigabit pricing could significantly improve Australia’s world ranking on this average download speed comparison. Recommendations for improving NBN’s value beyond speed are made, including encouraging affordable gigabit NBN services; ongoing NBN upgrades; encouraging NBN use; focussing NBN Corporate Reporting on customer satisfaction and ongoing international comparison.

Authored by Murray Milner

This paper outlines the key learnings from the first decade of the Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) and its associated Rural Broadband initiatives (RBI) in New Zealand. The UFB initiative provides the opportunity for 87% of New Zealand premises to have access to broadband using Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology. The remaining 13% of premises have access to enhanced wireless broadband. These initiatives are due for completion by year end 2023 and are showing promising results as at the end of 2019. The success of these initiatives has not been achieved without a lot of challenges along the journey. However, as it is shown in the paper, the alignment of policy around broadband development across government and the establishment of a set of policy objectives and principles at the outset has enabled the initiatives to stay on track over time, relative to the original intentions. The establishment of these policy principles and the strict adherence to these principles throughout the execution of the initiatives has been the most significant learning from this substantial programme of telecommunications development in New Zealand.

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.