Issue No 22: 18 October 2016



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User Requirements for Future Local, Mobile and 18/13 Number Portability for Australia
- Request for Comments

Since the first definition of number portability solutions, technologies and the telecommunications market in general have undergone significant change. Customer expectations are shifting towards minimal or no delays in porting, and service providers are under increasing cost pressures and require less complex solutions, particularly with regards to the porting of local numbers.

Against this background, the Communications Alliance WC50 Number Portability – Future IP Model Working Committee has developed an issues paper User Requirements for entitled Future Local, Mobile and 18/13 Number Portability for Australia. The paper identifies the user requirements for future number portability solutions, with a starting assumption that a single solution may be applicable across local, mobile and 18/13 number types. The paper also considers number portability requirements designed for an all-IP environment from the perspective of various users – both end users of services and service providers involved in supplying voice services and delivering voice calls.

Comments are welcome from end users of telecommunications services, equipment suppliers and carriers and carriage service providers. Noting in particular the following questions:

  • Are the assumptions reasonable; and
  • Are the use cases sufficient – or are any others required to be included?

Comments received will be considered by the members of WC50 and used to assist in the evaluation of future number portability solutions.

A copy of the paper can be found here on the Communications Alliance website.
Comments can be submitted via the Submit Comments Form.

Comments on the documents are requested by 5 p.m. (AEDT) on Friday 25 November 2016.

Comment Sought on Technical Guideline to Assist NBN Rollout and Performance

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on a revised draft guideline designed to assist the effectiveness of the National Broadband Network.

The draft Fibre Ready Pit And Pipe Specification For Real Estate Development Projects Industry Guideline (DR2 G645:2016) 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 2011 version of the Guideline was 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 and released for comment earlier this year.

The draft Guideline has been revised further, including to:

  • address the public comments received in the first round of consultation;
  • add new content on ‘new lots fronting an existing private road (made or unmade)’
  • add new content on guard wires to reduce the risk of damage to copper cables from lightning strikes;
  • clarify the content related to Laneways; and
  • update the content on pit lids.

The public comment period on DR2 G645:2016 closes at 5.00 p.m. (AEDT) on 8 November 2016.

Communications Essentials: Artificial Intelligence

Save the Date: 7 December 2016

This seminar will explore the rise of Artificial Intelligence and its implications for the telco sector.

More details to follow.

New Members

Communications Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new members;

SMS Broadcast Pty Ltd



SMS Broadcast is a wholly Australian owned company. We offer superior service levels and since our inception in 2005, over 90% of our business is generated from loyal recurrent customers.

We believe that by focusing solely on SMS messaging in Australia, we can provide a superior service for Australian businesses.

We are the developers and owners of our own technology and we can create SMS solutions to suit your company’s specific needs.

ibb Consulting Group



IBB understands the escalating needs for deep analysis, continual product development and strategic innovation. Our experts have a detailed and broad mastery of what it means to grapple simultaneously with convergence in the entertainment and communications industry, rapid growth, shifting marketplace economics and ever-evolving consumer behavior and expectations.

Through partnerships with our clients, IBB enables cable, media companies and mobile operators to meet their business growth and technology objectives and challenges. We draw on our combined decades of business intelligence and technology consultancy experience to deliver unrivaled strategic, operational and technical consulting excellence.

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