BROADBAND SPEEDS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE DURING PANDEMIC, ACCC FINDS Broadband speeds have been hitting records during the pandemic, with RSPs now able to deliver almost 94% of the plan speed during the peak evening hours, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says. TELSTRA HAS BEEN AWARDED AUSTRALIA’S BEST IN TEST MOBILE NETWORK ALL OVER AGAIN The Commercial Engineering Executive at Telstra, Sri Amirthalingam has published a post at the Telstra Exchange, winning “not just Best in...
4th December 2020
NBN CO TAKES ON ANOTHER $1.2B OF DEBT OVER FIVE YEARS The NBN Co, the body rolling out Australia's national broadband network, has taken on another $1.2 billion of debt at 1% over five years. OPTUS REORGANISES CUSTOMER SUPPORT TO REMOVE 'CONTACT CENTRE RUN-AROUND' Telco Singtel Optus has announced the creation of a "Community of Experts" which will result in every customer being moved to a dedicated team within six months. HAWAIKI SIGNS HAWAII DEAL TO BOOST AUSTRALIA-US ROUTE DIVERSITY...
3rd December 2020
Keynote Video: Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon 888 SoC with 3rd-gen 5G chip Qualcomm’s answer to Apple’s A14 processor, and those of Huawei, Samsung & others has arrived, with the lucky-numbered 888 5G Mobile Platform delivering what Qualcomm claims are giant leaps in all the important areas – AI, 5G, photography, gaming, Wi-Fi and much more. 'Millions' of scam calls blocked in trials, says Comms Alliance Millions of scam telephone calls have been blocked in recent trial initiatives,...
2nd December 2020
Remote working poses growing security threat from cyber criminals The accelerated shift towards remote working will contijue to create new opportunities for cyber attacks in the year ahead, according to one global security firm. Telstra makes gift giving season 'more affordable with 7-Day Price Match Taking up the first to Optus' price match scheme, Telstra has started one of its own, so that "if you find a better price for an Australian retailer on a huge range of post-paid phones within...
1st December 2020
Australia's cyber security spendign soaring to $7.6B by 2024 This year alone, Australians spent approximately $5.6B on cyber security from both local and int’l providers, with spending expected to increase to $7.6Bby 2024, according to a new report. TPG Telecom appoints Elizabeth Aris as Group Exec, Enterprise & Govt Telecommunications executive and entrepreneur, Elizabeth Aris, the former CEO of TasmaNet, has been appointed to the role of Group Executive, Enterprise and Govt by TPG...
30th November 2020
AMTA Chief Althaus steps down after 15 years The chief executive of the mobile industry lobby group, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has stepped down after 15 years in the role following the organisation’s annual general meeting which was held on Thursday. Wagga Wagga firms wins US award for rural connectivity solution Wagga Wagga-based connectivity solutions provider Zetifi has won an American award for its new technology that has been developed to solve...
27th November 2020
Latest Journal Articles
Authored by Mark Gregory
Papers in the September 2020 issue of the Journal include the NBN Futures Forum on the social and economic benefits of broadband for digital inclusion and telehealth, the benefits of submarine cables to South Pacific nations, 5G transmission, the economics of over-the-top media, energy efficient wireless sensor networks and a celebration of the life of Liz Fell, journalist and Distinguished Fellow of the Telecommunications Society of Australia (now the Telecommunications Association). This year, open source has moved into focus with the telecommunications industry, with open core systems and open radio access networks for 5G taking centre stage. The Journal welcomes contributions on telecommunications and the digital economy.
Wireless sensor networks have attracted much attention because of many applications in the fields of industry, military, medicine, agriculture, and education. In addition, the vast majority of research has been done to expand their applications and improve their efficiency. However, there are still many challenges for increasing the efficiency in different parts of this network. One of the most important parts is to improve the network lifetime in the wireless sensor network. Since the sensor nodes are generally powered by batteries, the most important issue to consider in these types of networks is to reduce the power consumption of the nodes in such a way as to increase the network lifetime to an acceptable level. The contribution of this paper is using topology control, the threshold for the remaining energy in nodes, and two metaheuristic algorithms, namely SA (Simulated Annealing) and VNS (Variable Neighbourhood Search), to increase the energy remaining in the sensors. Moreover, using a low-cost spanning tree, an appropriate connectivity control among nodes is created in the network in order to increase the network lifetime. The results of simulations show that the proposed method improves the sensor lifetime and reduces the energy consumed.
Indonesia has entered into global economic development that is based on innovation, communication and technology. This is the first point where it becomes the driving force in economic growth. The Indonesian millennial population, which is creative and innovative, has the potential to increase national economic growth based on the digital economy and aim for Society 5.0. Nowadays, innovation and creativity are the keys to success in economic growth in the globalization era. Those keys are closely related to the intellectual property system. In the globalization era, developed countries are the ones utilizing intellectual property as a driving force for the economy through science, technology, creativity and new innovation. One of the changes in media is the rise of Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers, a media service growing in popularity in the world of telecommunication, government and academia. Given these changes, Indonesia should protect a creator’s economic rights over content through implementing regulations to enforce its copyright law and enable the monetization of content. Telecommunications providers should focus more on the content industry.
This paper presents the design of a compact 2x2 microstrip antenna array of size 11.9x15.3 mm2 operating at the mm-wave region of 38 GHz. We achieved a high gain of 14.58 dB, a return loss of -17.7 dB, and a wide impedance bandwidth of 500 MHz. This antenna is duplicated twelve times around an angle of 30° forming a low-profile dodecagon. Each sector can cover a beam of 58° to obtain 12 beams covering the 360 degrees. When compared with implemented antenna designs in the literature that target similar features of compact size and low profile at the desired 5G frequency of 38 GHz, our design had a noticeable reduction in size with an increased gain. Our designed antenna is suited for MIMO beamforming, or switched beam technology applications in mobile wireless systems that include miniaturized base stations or moving network systems, such as mobile hotspots or vehicular networks and related elements.
Authored by John de Ridder
Small island nations that have relied on satellites for international connectivity are now being connected by submarine cables that have infinitely more capacity. The hope is that these cables will lift the social and economic development of the economies connected. This hope is more likely to be realized with the adoption of wholesale traffic pricing based on the capacity abundance brought by the cable system rather than historical wholesale bandwidth pricing, which assumes capacity scarcity. Reductions in the wholesale cost of international connectivity are more likely to be passed on to end users if there is retail competition. The proposed wholesale pricing model facilitates increased retail competition. These ideas are explored in a case study of the Cook Islands, which is a member of the Manatua Cable Project.
On 18 August 2020, TelSoc hosted the fourth NBN Futures Forum, held online, on the theme of social and economic benefits of broadband. Three speakers discussed various aspects of the topic, including the need for universal digital inclusion, the benefits of healthcare delivery via telehealth, and the actions required of government to support telehealth availability. Discussion following the speeches emphasised the need for universal access to broadband and telehealth services to improve access to health providers and, through education, reduce social inequities and overcome some social determinants of poor health outcomes.