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Gladys weighs in on Telstra/TPG merger Former NSW Premier and now Optus managing director enterprise, business, and institutional Gladys Berejiklian says she's seen first-hand the devastating impact of floods and fires on regional communities and says if the Telstra/TPG merger proceeds customers will have less choice, be subject to higher prices, and be more vulnerable during natural disasters.   ACMA warns SpinTel for misleading its subscribers The Australian Communications...

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Swisscom switches to 100% Swiss-generated renewable energy and achieves a recycling milestone Switzerland-based telecommunications provider Swisscom has claimed it has switched to 100% Swiss-generated renewable energy, reducing its energy requirement by 80%.   South Korea, Malaysia star in 5G speed stakes, Australia a non-starter East and South-East Asian countries South Korea and Malaysia are playing starring roles in 5G speeds and services, according to a new global benchmark...

28th June 2022

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24th June 2022

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Seventeen telcos take a stand against domestic abuse and family violence Seventeen telco service providers whose stakeholders comprise majority of Australian families have taken action against domestic and family violence.   ACMA slugs Lycamobile with second fine over public safety One year after being hit with a hefty fine by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), MVNO Lycamobile has been penalised again by the regulator for what are deemed to be public safety...

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Latest Journal Articles

This paper presents an enhanced deep learning-based Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access (NOMA) receiver that can mainly be used in low signal-to-noise channels. We show how a better dataset generation strategy for training Deep Learning (DL) could result in better generalization capabilities. Then, we apply hyperparameter tuning using exhaustive search to optimize the DL network. A Long-Short-Term-Memory (LSTM) DL architecture is used. The results show superior Symbol Error Rate vs Signal-to-Noise Ratio performance compared to the state-of-the-art methods such as Maximum Likelihood, Minimum Mean Square Error, and Successive Interface Cancellation, even though the network is only half as complex as previously proposed DL networks in the literature.

The telecommunications industry has turned into social and communication-oriented services, along with declining voice services. In line with these changes, the telecommunications industry must adjust to market changes. One of the service changes that occurred was the emergence of mobile advertising services. The aim of this research is to build a mobile advertising service model that serves to form value co-creation for the industry of mobile telecommunications in Indonesia. The study used a sample of the broadband community of users from the largest mobile telecommunications provider in Indonesia. They involved their customers as part of service delivery in the company to co-create the value. The number of participants was 284. The sampling technique that was used was non-probability sampling. The data analysis was carried out using Structural Equation Modelling (SEM). The result of this study is to find a mobile advertising model for the formation of value co-creation for the industry of mobile telecommunications.

As anticipated, the existence of telecommunication regulations has become the focus of public attention as it can provide various protections. Further, the Indonesian Job Creation Law has provided new implications for the telecommunications operators in the form of Government support. Based on the principles of fairness, impartiality and non-discrimination, as well as maintaining service quality, it is expected that the telecommunications operator system in Indonesia will be able to develop and provide the best facilities in keeping with community needs. This has also opened up opportunities for the implementation of a new pattern of cooperation with the Over-The-Top (OTT) service that has been growing in popularity. This study applies a normative research method with online data collection techniques and seeks to produce an analysis, socialization and education with regards to the emergence of telecommunications operations principles, as well as the implementation of these principles in the Job Creation Law and its Implementing Regulations.

Authored by John Canning

The government AgriTech Expert Working Group has provided a detailed overview of the practical challenges domestic Australian farmers have to deal with when digitising their farms through the implementation of connected sensor technologies, motivated by the predicted growth of the sector to AUD 100 billion by 2030. In addressing these issues, of which connectivity and access to wireless technologies along with unreliable sensor performances over time remain prominent, domestic regional specific solutions are sought. A key solution being relied upon are low earth orbital satellites, perhaps the only communication infrastructure that cycles over territorial boundaries and has both regulatory and technical challenges that are not widely considered. The resilience of these solutions is assessed in the context of the agricultural technology, or AgTech, market which is arguably invented and shaped by broader, global interests mostly centred where end-user populations are based. The argument is made that government policy must include the latter within a larger holistic framework, including education, when assessing the future of both agriculture and AgTech markets in Australia. At the core, the AgTech report does highlight some challenges in Australia’s wider research approach.

Authored by Leith Campbell

This editorial comes in two parts: some remarks on the role of satellites for regional telecommunications; and a brief introduction to the papers in this issue.

Satellites have been around for many decades, yet the low Earth orbit (LEO) was avoided as the cost exceeded the demand until recently. This paper is based on a live presentation to the Australian Telecommunications Association (TelSoc) by Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Senior Advisor on Regulatory Affairs for OneWeb, and was chaired by TelSoc Broadband Futures Group member, John Costa. This paper describes the new generation of LEO satellites, how they substantially differ from earlier satellites, and the factors now making them not only viable but increasingly indispensable as part of a global communication ecosystem. The paper then introduces OneWeb’s specific LEO plans, including details about deployment in Australia.