Issue No 10: 14 April 2015


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Nominations for the awards close on 17 April 2015.  Full details of the awards and criteria are available http://www.acomms.com.au/nominations.php


Review of the Accessibility Information Industry Code

Communications Alliance is seeking comments for a scheduled review of the Information on Accessibility Features for Telephone Equipment Industry Code (C625:2009).

The Code specifies obligations on equipment suppliers to provide product information on the functional characteristics of their customer equipment (both mobile and fixed line handsets) used with a standard telephone service that would be beneficial to people with a disability and older people. Of particular interest in this review are the proposed changes to the compliance arrangements for equipment suppliers that supply mobile handsets to meet their obligations under the Code. Currently the Code provides two compliance paths for equipment suppliers that supply mobile handsets:

  • by using the mobile handset matrix in the Operational Matrices for Reporting on Accessibility Features for Telephone Equipment Industry Guideline (G627:2014); or
The proposed changes are to remove the mobile handset matrix from the G627 Guideline and for C625 to specify obligations for mobile handsets equipment suppliers to only use GARI for meeting these obligations.

Further information can be found at the Documents under review page.  Comments on the Code are requested by 5 May 2015.

Comment sought on the revised Mobile Customer Equipment Standard

Communications Alliance invites public comment on the revised Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network—Part 1: General Standard (DR AS/CA S042.1:2015).

The Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network— Part 1: General  Standard specifies the general requirements and test methods for Customer Equipment for use in connection with a Public Mobile Telecommunications Service (PMTS) or a Satellite Service in order to meet the regulatory arrangements for such equipment in Australia.

The revised draft Standard addresses the user indicator requirements for E-UTRA Customer Equipment using Circuit-Switched Fallback (CSFB) when making or receiving a voice call under certain conditions. E-UTRA Customer Equipment is also known as LTE (or more generically 4G) Customer Equipment. The ETSI references in the draft Standard have also been updated to the Release 8 version of the core 3GPP specifications as E-UTRA technology was introduced in this release.

The draft Standard can be downloaded from the Drafts for Public Comment page along with further information on how to submit comments.  Information on the Working Committee which revised the Standard, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

The public comment period for the draft Standard closes at 5 p.m. on 19 June 2015.

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