Issue No 14: 30 May 2017



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Communications Alliance proposal for industry managed numbering to streamline processes and enhance agility to customer needs

Management of Australia’s telecommunications numbering arrangements may be transferred from Government to industry in a bid for greater efficiency, under a proposal released today by Communications Alliance.

The proposal would see a range of responsibilities – including the allocation of fixed and mobile numbers, the provisions for ‘smart’ numbers (think ‘13TAXI’, for example,) and the management of numbering plan regulatory framework, placed in industry hands in a bid to create more efficient and agile solutions to customers’ numbering needs.

In its consultation paper, released for public comment today, Communications Alliance sets out its preferred approach to take on the management of telecommunications numbering. The proposed numbering scheme would transfer numbering management from the industry regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to Communications Alliance, as the peak body representing the telecommunications industry.

Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton noted "Through process improvement and resource rationalisation, this proposal has the potential to deliver greater efficiencies for the industry and a better experience for Australian telecommunications consumers.

The proposal would align with principles for an industry managed numbering scheme under deregulatory proposals in the Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2017, currently before Parliament.  Necessary changes to the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Act 1997 have already been implemented by the Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Act 2016.

Adopting an industry-managed numbering scheme would be subject not only to passage through Parliament of the Bill but also to Communications Alliance reaching suitable agreement on the new arrangements with relevant existing service providers, i.e., the ACMA, ZOAK Solutions, Paradigm. One and Industry Numbering Management Services (INMS).

Release of this paper is a part of a broad consultation process with many stakeholders, including consumer representatives, regulators (i.e. the ACCC and ACMA), the Department of Communications and the Arts, and the telecommunications industry.

Communications Alliance invites comment by Friday 23 June in reply to the questions in the consultation paper.  The consultation paper is available from here.

Further Information

The Telecommunications (Numbering Charges) Amendment Act 2016 is available from https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2016A00008
The Communications Legislation Amendment (Deregulation and Other Measures) Bill 2017 is available from https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2017B00057

Nominate for the ACOMMS IoTAA’s Impact Award

For the first time IoTAA is offering the IoT Impact Award to be presented at the ACOMM Awards 2017. IoTAA will recognise an organisation or company that has positively impacted the adoption of the Internet of Things in the Australian economy.

iottaThe demonstrated impact can be in any area: IoT use cases, security, data sharing, interoperability, funding of IoT start-ups, awareness and education of IoT, thought leadership or partnership creation.


Nominations close 5 June 2017.

More information at http://www.acomms.com.au/nominations.php

Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) is Now Accepting Applications

Application deadline is 2 September 2017 by 2:00 PM EAST


PTC’s Young Scholar Program (YSP) is designed to recognize, encourage, and support up-and-coming scholars in the field of information and communication technologies. Selected participants will be invited to present their research at PTC’s 40th anniversary conference.

Applications are now being accepted for PTC's 2018 YSP.  PTC's YSP offers promising young scholars the opportunity to:

  • Present their research in a high-visibility academic and industry forum
  • Engage in research discussions with esteemed academic faculty
  • Participate in PTC'18 activities
  • Gain exposure to current industry issues and trends
  • Meet PTC'18 attendees to share ideas, gain new insights, and identify practical research applications
  • Network with industry professionals, members of international organizations and NGOs, government officials, and academics from more than 75 countries
To learn more about the YSP program, please email youngscholars@ptc.org.or click here.

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