Comments sought on Draft Information on Accessibility Features for Telephone Equipment Industry Code DR625:2019
The Information on Accessibility Features for Telephone Equipment Industry Code is designed to:
- specify obligations on Equipment Suppliers to provide product information on the functional characteristics of their customer equipment used with a Standard Telephone Service (STS) as defined in the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999 (which covers services that deliver voice telephony) that would be beneficial to people with a disability and older people; and
- ensure that the information provided by Equipment Suppliers is clear and comprehensible to assist both Carriage Service Providers (CSPs) and consumers in identifying equipment features that will meet an individual’s communications needs.
The revised Code aims to simplify the compliance arrangements for Equipment Suppliers who supply mobile communications devices to the Australian market. The revised obligations provide a single means for an Equipment Supplier to meet their obligations by using the Mobile & Wireless Forum, Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative (GARI) to provide information for their devices. As a result, the Operational Matrices for Reporting on Accessibility Features for Telephone Equipment Industry Guideline (G627:2009), which contained a sub-set of these features became redundant and has been replaced by the Accessibility Features Matrix which is derived from the current list of accessibility features reported on within GARI.
The draft revised Code and information on submitting comments can be found here
THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER 2019.
The Satellite Industry Responds to ACMA Spectrum Consultations
The Communications Alliance Satellite Services Working Group (SSWG) has recently provided responses to two recent ACMA consultations on the proposed area-wide apparatus licence and the sharing between fixed point-to-point links and uncoordinated earth station receivers in 10.7–11.7 GHz.
The satellite services community foresees interest in using area-wide apparatus licences (AWLs) for situations where a number of individually apparatus-licensed earth stations operate in close proximity within a band. The proposed introduction of AWLs does, however, raise issues surrounding the coordination and protection of incumbent satellite services, which requires further consideration.
The timely initiative by the ACMA in evaluating the technical feasibility of allowing uncoordinated earth station receivers in the 11 GHz (10.7 to 11.7 GHz) band, potentially by class-licensing arrangements, has been welcomed. Whilst recognising that the 11 GHz band is quite heavily used by point-to-point links, the ACMA’s preliminary view that it is technically feasible to develop with such arrangements is supported, albeit with the proviso that no constraints should be placed on the future growth of fixed services in the band.