Issue No 1: 3 February 2016



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Comms Essentials – Latest Global Developments in Satellite Technology

Thursday 18th February 2016

The first Communications Alliance Comms Essentials seminar for 2016 will focus on current developments in the global and regional satellite sector – a dynamic communications vertical that is exploring new ground via large, high-throughput satellites, while also pursuing new coverage areas via micro-satellites and pushing satellite boundaries for the Internet of Things.

This examination of the satellite sector and its future significance to Australia’s communications landscape is sponsored by the Comms Alliance Satellite Services Working Group – a grouping of 20 satellite-related companies active in Australia. 

Who should attend:
Communications Alliance members - representatives from satellite service providers, users of satellite services, internet service providers, law firms, other industry stakeholders – and anyone with an interest in space!

The Myriota Story and the future of satellites in IoT
Speaker: Dr Alex Grant, CEO, Myriota

OneWeb – 648 satellites to connect the globe
Speaker: Tony Azzarelli, VP Regulatory, OneWeb (TBC)

High Throughput Satellite Systems
Robert Suber, Managing Sales Director, Oceania, Intelsat

Reaching out to Pacific nations
Speaker: Bob Horton, Communications Consultant

Facilitator: John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance

When:         Thursday 18th February 2016, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Where:        Sydney - Baker & McKenzie, Level 27, AMP Centre, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney and via video link
                    Melbourne – Baker & McKenzie, Level 19, 181 William Street
Register:    Here

Industry Welcomes the Amendments to the Telco Security Legislation but Notes Further Work is Required

Communications Alliance, in coalition with the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA,) today released their submission to the Federal Government further outlining their concerns with the draft Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 - also referred to as the Telecommunications Sector Security Reform (TSSR) initiative.

"We welcome the fact that the Government has responded – by way of amendments - to some of the concerns raised by our industries during 2015 in respect of the first exposure draft. 

"We do, however, maintain that further adjustment of the proposed reforms is needed to extend and maintain the security framework for the telecommunications industry in an effective and efficient manner.

"We remain especially concerned with the potentially negative consequences of the proposed reforms on businesses and innovation, particularly in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT)," John Stanton, CEO of Communications Alliance, said.

In their submission the industry groups, which represent more than 60,000 Australian businesses, point to continuing areas of concern with the second exposure draft, including that:

  • the purpose of the proposed reform remains unclear;
  • the onerous nature of the compliance requirements will hamper the responsiveness of providers to cyber threats;
  • there remain several areas of vague drafting in the exposure draft, including uncertainty regarding the status of resale of overseas services and the ability of intermediaries to comply with the legislation; and
  • inconsistencies between the draft legislation and associated guidelines concerning the potential requirement for providers to retrofit or remove existing facilities which leave open the risk that industry could face very high costs to rebuild existing networks.  
"We believe that the more collaborative approaches to dealing with cyber threat to communications infrastructure that are being taken or contemplated in major international markets such as the USA, UK and Canada would provide better avenues to improving cyber security."

"Consequently, we suggest that these less prescriptive strategies be carefully examined in Australia before proceeding down the path currently proposed by Government."

“Industry remains committed to working with Government to find the most efficient, effective and least prescriptive policy outcome whilst ensuring the robustness of our national communications infrastructure", Stanton said.

New IoT Alliance Workstream Chairs Appointed

High profile Chairpersons have been elected to head the final three of six workstreams operating under the IoT Alliance Australia (formerly known as the CA IoT Think Tank).

The IoT Alliance aims to ensure that Australia is well-positioned from both a regulatory and industry policy perspective, to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in the development of IoT.

Workstream 2, focused on Sectoral Engagement, is now chaired by Catherine Caruana-McManus, a former IBM senior executive and head of Giant Ideas.

Workstream 4, focused on Spectrum issues, is chaired by Nevio Marinelli – a senior officer of the ACMA who also chairs Australian Radio Study Group 4 (ARSG4).

Workstream 5, focused on Security, Cyber and Network Resilience, is chaired by Malcolm Shore of BAE systems.

The IoT Alliance Executive Council will meet later in February to review progress across the six workstreams.  

New Members

Communications Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new members;

Counsel's Chambers Limited



In 1999, in response to a growing demand from its shareholders for an internet service, CCL established the Counsel's Chambers Network.

In December 1999 a fibre optic cable was installed that enabled CCL to provide internet and email services to each Floor in Wentworth & Selborne Chambers at reduced rates. Connections to Windeyer Chambers and the NDC followed shortly thereafter. Additional full time network staff were employed to administer the network operations and assist members with connection and computer related issues.

In subsequent years CCL has invested significantly in building and upgrading the network infrastructure to provide what it believes is a valuable service to members. In February 2005, a VOIP telephony service was introduced to the CCL Network.


P3 Communications Pty Ltd



We offer worldwide technical consulting and services for the telecommunication industry. Our experts combine strong technical know-how with many years of management experience. 

As a leading, internationally operating consulting and services company, our customers include established network operators, suppliers, device manufacturers and regulatory authorities. Our services are based on comprehensive mobile and fixed network expertise, all of which in both the access and core networks.

Mirait Technologies Australia Pty Ltd



Through MIRAIT Technologies Corporation (MTC), and our industry partners, MTA is able to procure materials and technology solutions to support our clients at competitive global rates.

Our capabilities are extensive with a focus on the construction and maintenance of Telecommunication infrastructure networks. These works include Optic Fibre Networks Design and Construct, Aerial Construction, Civil Construction, Large Cable Hauling, Design/Survey as well as Asset Locations and Telecommunication Electronics including Exchange equipment builds, multiplexing electronics Tele power and remote telecommunication cabinet and housing installations. Under the direction of our highly experienced and passionate staff, MTA will continue to invest in quality leadership and innovative solutions in order to retain our status as a leader in the telecommunications industry for years to come.

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