Issue No 24: 18 August 2015



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Comms Essential - Online Copyright Infringement Scheme & Website Blocking Legislation
26 August 2015 (Sydney and Melbourne)
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Communications Essentials - Copyright Infringement Scheme & Website Blocking Legislation
Sydney and Melbourne (via videoconference) Wednesday 26 August 2015


Communications Alliance, internet service providers and rights holders have cooperatively written a copyright notice scheme code and have submitted it to the industry regulator, the ACMA, for consideration for registration. Negotiations are ongoing between the parties to finalise a commercial agreement, including cost-sharing, that will allow the Code and scheme to begin operating.

Government also recently passed the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 which allows copyright owners to seek an injunction to require ISPs to block access to any overseas website which has with the primary purpose of facilitating online copyright infringement.

As service providers and rights holders work to understand what the new scheme requires and what processes and costs it entails, Communications Alliance Members are invited to attend a Comms Essentials seminar on the Online Copyright Infringement Scheme & the Website Blocking Legislation in Sydney and Melbourne on 26 August 2015.

Who should attend:

Attendance is recommended for Communications Alliance members – representatives from internet service providers, law firms and other industry stakeholders who want to understand the intricacies of the new scheme and legal requirements and get an overview of different stakeholder perspectives.


  • Overview of the online copyright infringement scheme and legal overview of the website blocking legislation  Speaker: Patrick Fair, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • Industry overview and approach to online copyright infringement  Speaker: Gary Smith, Head of Regulatory Compliance, Regulatory Affairs, Optus Chair of CA Working Committee 66 Online Copyright Infringement.
  • Rights holder’s perspective  Speaker: Bruce Maegher, Director Corporate Affairs, Foxtel
  • The UK scheme – insights and observations  Speaker: Rajiv Shah, General Manager, ANZ – Intl. Services & Solutions, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
  • Q&A  Facilitator: John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance
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Second Internet of Things Industry & Stakeholder Workshop

Communications Alliance invites all members and other interested parties to the second IoT Industry and Stakeholder workshop.

The recently established Communications Alliance IoT Think Tank focuses on identifying and addressing enablers and inhibitors for IoT and on helping create an environment that allows the full potential of IoT services and their cross-sectoral benefits to be realised in Australia. The program equally focuses on the opportunity for Australian companies to be early beneficiaries of new business models through IoT and for Australia to become a significant exporter of business solutions enabled by IoT.

The Think Tank has commissioned research to 

  • describe and map the Australian IoT eco-system, taking account of evolving international developments;
  • examine the fitness of the Australian regulatory framework to deal with the new challenges it will face as the IoT growth curve accelerates in the near future;
  • focus on areas of opportunity for the Australia economy, including within specific industry verticals and through cross-sectoral collaboration; and
  • prepare recommendations for policy and industry initiatives designed to generate measurable economic outcomes.

This research is being undertaken by Australian consulting firm Creator Tech, with the study report due for release in September/October.

The study involves extensive Industry consultation, including a first public workshop on 19 June 2015, and a currently active survey canvassing the views of Communications Alliance and other Industry Associations members on aspects of the development of IoT in Australia.

We are now inviting Industry and Stakeholders to meet a second time for a briefing on the preliminary research findings and with the intention to gather feedback on the findings. Please join us for a light lunch on Thursday, 20 August 2015, at 12pm followed by a presentation and discussion from 12.30pm – 2.00pm. The meeting will be hosted by KPMG in the Auditorium at 10 Shelley St, Sydney. An audio link will be available (although active participation via the audio link may be limited due to expected participant numbers).

If you would like to attend and have not already contacted us, please email us to info@commsalliance.com.au indicating if you will be attending in person or via audio conference.

Revised Mobile Customer Equipment Standard

Communications Alliance has published a revised edition of the Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network—Part 1: General (AS/CA S042.1:2015) Standard.

This 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. It specifies how handsets behave when dialling the emergency services number including what information is to be displayed to the user. The Standard also specifies additional requirements including those for acoustic safety and for device identifiers.

The revised Standard now addresses the user indictor 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. References to international Standards have also been updated, including to the new Release 8 of the ETSI Standards which cover the core 3GPP specifications, which now incorporate the E-UTRA technologies.

Following on from the conclusion of work by the committee that revised this Standard, it is anticipated that the Standard will need to undergo a substantive update in the near future to take into account the emerging wireless technologies including Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and iSIMs (IP Multimedia Services Identity Modules).

The revised Standard can be downloaded from the Communications Alliance website at:


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