Issue No 12: 23 May 2016



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IoTAA-LogoIoT Alliance Australia Expands as BCA Comes Aboard       

The Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) has welcomed the Business Council of Australia (BCA) as its newest member.

The BCA has become a member of the Alliance’s Executive Council (see attached membership list), which includes a broad swathe of leading global and Australian technology companies, communications network operators, Government agencies and regulators, scientific research organisations, consultants and industry associations representing more than 60,000 Australian companies.

The IoTAA was created in 2015 to be the leading Australian industry and government body shaping the regulatory and collaborative framework needed to harness for the Australian economy the opportunities that are being created by IoT.

Chair of the IoTAA Executive Council, John Stanton, said the decision of the BCA to join the Alliance would further accelerate the process of creating a globally aware IoT community in Australia.

“The BCA is made up of the CEOs of more than 130 of Australia’s top companies – we look forward to making use of that horse-power to help ensure that Australia can benefit from the positive disruptive force that is IoT,” Mr Stanton said.

The Alliance has created six workstreams, with more than 200 expert participants, working on issues including spectrum availability, Smart Cities, network resilience, fostering IoT start-ups, data sharing and privacy.

The workstreams include a significant project to work with the industry verticals, such as transport, food and agribusiness and water and resource management, that stand to enjoy some of the greatest benefits from IoT.

IoTAA Executive Council Members as at May 2016:

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Australian Industry Group (AIG)
Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
Internet Australia
Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA)
Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi)
Business Council of Australia (BCA)
Communications Alliance
Creator Tech
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
Department of Communications and the Arts (DoCA)
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)Telstra

Comms Essentials – “5G is Looming”

Wednesday 15th June 2016


This Communications Alliance Comms Essentials seminar will focus on the evolution of 5G, its use cases in an omni-connected world, and the opportunities and challenges that come with it.

5G wireless networks support very large gains in capacity, allow connections for billions of devices and create a user experience characterised by fast speeds. Extremely low latency and response times enable unprecedented connectivity and automation in new sectors – 5G is being designed for massive industrial applications taking digitisation to the next level. The technology will create various new use cases and play an important role in the internet of things. The development pathway for 5G features many partnerships and collaborative efforts including public private partnerships which are all important to developing an understanding of 5G and its opportunities. Policy issues in relation to key 5G infrastructure are part of the picture and deserve early attention to ensure 5G can develop to its full potential.

Who should attend:

Communications Alliance members and other stakeholders


5G – Key to the Programmable World
Speaker: Mark Barnett, Head of Mobile Networks Oceania, Nokia

5G – Taking Digital Transformation to an Industrial Level
Speaker: Stephen Coffey, Mobile Broadband Engagement Practice Asia Pacific, Ericsson

5G Partnerships and Collaboration – Policy Implications
Speaker: Chris Althaus, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association

Facilitator: John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance

When:         Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Where:        Sydney - Baker & McKenzie, Level 27, AMP Centre, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney
                    Melbourne – Baker & McKenzie, Level 19, 181 William Street, Melbourne is a video link to Sydney
Register:    Here

Communications Alliance and AMTA Welcomes Spectrum Reform

Communications Alliance and AMTA have provided strong support to the Government’s commitment to fundamental reform of the regulatory framework for the allocation and management of spectrum.

In the joint response to the DoCA consultation on radiocommunications legislation, Communications Alliance and AMTA suggests that the licencing framework should focus on the following key elements: simplicity, technology neutrality, flexibility, future-focussed, certainty and universality. It discusses the short-comings of the existing framework, with the timely allocation and management of spectrum being hindered by excessive prescriptiveness and rigidity in licence design and band planning, uncertainty and inconsistency in licence pricing; and blurred boundaries of responsibility between the Australian Government and the ACMA in the allocation of spectrum.

Industry is looking forward to the prospect of more timely and efficient allocation processes, reduced costs for industry, the ACMA and the Australian Government; and more flexibility to enable the deployment and adoption of new technologies.

The joint submission can be found on the Communications Alliance submissions page at  http://www.commsalliance.com.au/Documents/Submissions

Comment Sought on Technical Instruments to Assist NBN Rollout and Performance

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on two revised self-regulatory instruments designed to assist the effectiveness of the National Broadband Network.

The first of these is the Fibre Ready Pit And Pipe Specification For Real Estate Development Projects Industry Guideline (DR G645:2016). The Guideline is designed to:

  • outline the minimum standard for Telecommunications pit and pipe installation within Real Estate Development Project to be considered a Fibre Ready Facility;
  • describe recommended processes for the design and installation of pit and pipe facilities for use in a Real Estate Development Project; and
  • describe recommended processes and materials for the design and installation of such pit and pipe facilities.

The Guideline has been revised by Communications Alliance Working Committee 76 on Pit and Pipe Revision to add content on multi-unit and multi-building developments, including super lots.

The public comment period on DR G645:2016 closes at 5.00 p.m. (AEST) on 30 May 2016.

The second document is Requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to a metallic local loop interface of a Telecommunications Network — Part 2: Broadband Australian Standard (DR AS/CA S043.2:2016).

The Standard specifies the requirements for broadband equipment connected to copper wire pairs e.g. DSL modems.

It has been revised by Working Committee 58 on VDSL2 and Vectoring to add requirements for VDSL2 modems to support Upstream Power Backoff (UPBO) Length Estimation Method (based on ITU T Rec. G.993.2).

This adds a requirement to support an electrical estimation of line length, optional in the ITU Recommendation. This will help the NBN achieve better performance (i.e. generally higher data rates or optimised node locations) on vectored systems by having modems more accurately decide on their estimate of the line length when the modem ‘trains up’ with the DSLAM.

The public comment period on DR AS/CA S043.2:2016 closes at 5.00 p.m. (AEST) on 12 July 2016.

Copies of both draft documents are available from the Communications Alliance website at:

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