Introducing the Journal

The Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy aims to be the leading multi-disciplinary journal on telecommunications, the media and the digital economy, serving the industry, academia and government. It publishes in-depth, high quality, peer-reviewed articles written by practising professionals and academics: in particular

  • articles on policy and technical developments across the world;

  • interviews with the industry's leading change-makers and analysts;

  • book reviews;

  • and reports about the activities of the telecommunications and broadcasting industry, including historical research and overviews.

Contributors to the Journal include industry and government practitioners as well as academics. The Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy covers technical, economic, social, legal and historic aspects of the rapidly expanding worldwide telecommunications industry and the digital economy which it underpins. The Journal aims to put new developments in all these areas into context, to help readers broaden their knowledge and deepen their understanding of telecommunications applications, policy and practice.

The Journal is indexed by Elsevier Scopus.


The Journal interprets 'telecommunications' in the broadest sense, so as to include fixed and mobile networks, the Internet, broadcasting, digital content, and operational, regulatory and consumer experience. The 'digital economy' is interpreted as encompassing not just the range of services that can be delivered via telecommunications, but also the digitally enabled society that uses it.

Board of Editors

The members of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy are:

Dr Leith Campbell (RMIT University), Managing Editor

Dr Michael de Percy (University of Canberra), Section Editor, Telecommunications

Associate Professor Payam Hanafizadeh (Allameh Tabataba’i University), Section Editor, Digital Economy

Dr Jim Holmes (Incyte Consulting), Section Editor, Book Reviews

Professor Peter Gerrand (University of Melbourne), Section Editor, Biography & History

Assoc. Professor Sultana Lubna Alam (Deakin University)

Professor Trevor Barr (Swinburne University)

Mr John Burke

Mr John Costa

Mr Allan Horsley

Dr Maria Massaro (Korea University)

Professor Catherine Middleton (Ryerson University)

Dr Murray Milner (Milner Consulting)

Assoc. Professor Sora Park (University of Canberra)

Mr Vince Pizzica (Pacific Strategic Consulting)

Professor Ashraf Tahat (Princess Sumaya University)

Our publisher

The Journal is published by TelSoc (the Telecommunications Association Inc.) ABN 34 732 327 053.

The Journal ISSN is 2203-1693.

The Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy is indexed by Elsevier Scopus.

Background to the formation of the Journal

This Journal continues the traditions of the Telecommunication Journal of Australia (TJA) (June 1935–June 2013). The Editorial Board that produced TJA from 2007 to June 2013 moved in July 2013 to create the new Journal, the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy (AJTDE). The founding Managing Editor (Professor Peter Gerrand) and Executive Editor (Blair Feenaghty) of AJTDE held those same roles at TJA for 19 continuous years from June 1994. Peter Gerrand retired as Managing Editor in December 2014. The journal was renamed the Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy in 2019.

The context for starting up the new journal, with enthusiastic support from the industry, is given here, and can be summarised as the need to retain editorial independence of the journal and certainty of funding, both of which have been guaranteed by TelSoc since its foundation in July 2013.