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ACCC gives ?price certainty? on wholesale telecoms services Australia?s competition regulator the ACCC says it has given price certainty for legacy wholesale telecommunications services with its decision to maintain existing price and non-price terms until 30 June 2024 for seven declared, or regulated, fixed line services. Submissions to 5G inquiry claim health hazards, call for halt to rollout Twenty-eight submissions, practically all from individuals, have been made to the inquiry into...

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Chinese Mobile Market Huawei takes record 42% share of China smartphone market in Q3 The smartphone market in mainland China grew marginally in the third quarter, with shipments increasing to 97.8 million from 97.6 million units in the second quarter. Huawei extended its market lead by shipping 41.5 million smartphones, to take its market share to a record 42%. UK delays decision on Huawei The UK?s National Security Council has delayed a decision on whether Chinese telco giant Huawei?s...

1st November 2019

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Internet began 50 years ago today in US On 29 October 1969 the first message was transmitted over ARPANET, the forerunner to the Internet. UCLA student programmer Charlie Kline used the University?s SDS Sigma 7 computer to login to an SDS 940 computer at Stanford Research Institute at Stanford University in Silicon Valley. TasmaNet takes place on NSW Government telecoms panel Tasmanian communications provider TasmaNet has won accreditation to the NSW Government?s Telecommunications...

31st October 2019

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Problems with bills, service dominate complaints to TIO More than 30,000 consumers and small businesses complained about their phone and Internet services - with many complaining about problems with their bills and the quality of customer service - over a three month period to the end of September this year, according to the latest complaints report from the Telecomunications Industry Ombudsman. ACMA excludes Optus from complaints report over 'data accuracy' concerns A year after...

30th October 2019

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Government readies for mmWave 5G spectrum auction The Australian Government has commenced the process in preparation for the auction of 2.4 GHz of essential spectrum in the mmWave 26 GHz band to support a ?fast and efficient? rollout of a 5G network across Australia. NEC gets $39m communications contract from WA Police Communications solutions provider NEC Australia has secured a $39 million deal for transforming the WAN, LAN and IP telephony environments for the WA Police Force. Nokia...

29th October 2019

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Dodgy mobile apps found to be on the increase The number of blacklisted mobile apps in the 120-odd mobile stores, examined by security firm RiskIQ on a regular basis, grew from 44,850 to 53,955, a rise of 20%, the company said in its mobile threat report for the second quarter of the year. Optus boosts mobile coverage for Shoalhaven region Mobile phone coverage in the city of Shoalhaven in NSW has been boosted with new mobile towers switched on by Optus as it continues the national rollout...

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Latest Events

22nd October 2019 NBN Future Forum: Realising the User Potential of the NBN 01:00 AEDT RMIT, Building 80, Room 080.09.012 Detail
18th September 2019 2019 Charles Todd Oration 02:00 AEST Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf Detail
31st July 2019 NBN Future Forum 02:15 AEST Green Brain Room 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?.