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
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
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...
19th December 2019
Government review to ‘overhaul’ protections for telecoms consumers The Federal Government is overhauling consumer protections to "better reflect the way that modern telecommunication services" are delivered in Australia. NZ fibre broadband plans delivering 99% of advertised speeds New Zealand’s competition regulator The Commerce Commission says a new Measuring Broadband results report shows the country’s fibre 100 broadband plans are offering high speeds and “reliable internet performance...
18th December 2019
Govt announces $9m to quell health fears over 5G networks The Federal Government has announced a sum of $9 million to build public confidence in the safety of telecommunications networks, presumably in reaction to the large number of submissions to a 5G inquiry that expressed fears about the alleged health hazards of 5G networks. ANZ Bank and Telstra customers under attack from scammers ANZ Banking Group and Telstra customers are the target of the most recent email phishing scams being...
17th December 2019
Government condemned for ‘disgraceful attack’ on free speech over digital platforms inquiry The Australian Government has come under fire from conservative think tank Institute of Public Affairs over its response to the digital platforms inquiry, with the institute condemning the Government for a “disgraceful attack” on free speech. Dutton slams 'morally bankrupt' Zuckerberg, Cook over encryption Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has slammed the chief executives of Facebook and Apple,...
14th December 2019
Latest Journal Articles
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”.