Issue No 3: 18 February 2019
ACOMMS 2019 Launched
Nominations have opened for the Australian communications industry’s premier awards - the ACOMMS - with 11 categories celebrating performance excellence in innovation, customer service, marketing and product solutions across the breadth of the telecommunications sector.
The ACOMM awards will be presented at the 13th Annual ACOMMS Dinner on 15 August, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney, attended by more than 400 senior players from industry, the media, regulators and the Parliamentary sphere.
2019 KEY DATES
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Registration of Industry Code for Managing Interference Among DSL Services on the NBN
The ACMA has included the Next-Generation Broadband Systems Deployment in Customer Cabling Industry Code (C658:2019) on its register of industry codes. The date of registration is 4 February 2019.
Submissions on ACMA Spectrum Consultations
The Communications Alliance Satellite Service Working Group (SSWG) has recently provided responses to a number of spectrum-related consultations issued by the ACMA.
The ACMA is proposing changes to a Radiocommunications Assignment and Licensing Instruction (RALI MS 44) on the frequency coordination procedures for the earth station protection zones. In its response the SSWG reaffirmed its support for the concept of protection zones, providing the appropriate certainty for satellite industry investments. The simplification of coordination requirements in protection zones are welcomed by the satellite industry.
The SSWG provided a response to the ACMA on a second consultation on coordinating radiocommunications licencing requirements for body scanners, as used at airports. The SSWG reaffirmed its support for the proposed change by the ACMA to the Radiocommunications Assignment and Licensing Instructions (RALI MS 38) to remove the requirements for body scanners, as they are now authorised via class licences.
The SSWG also strongly supports the ACMA’s intention to bring regulation into line with contemporary international frameworks. This has the dual benefits of flexibility and economic advantages for the scanner community, whilst taking into account modern needs and developments in aviation communications.
In a third consultation, the SSWG provided a response to the ACMA consultation on frequency coordination arrangements between apparatus-licensed microwave fixed point-to-point links and earth stations. The initial focus is on coordination procedures for the 6 GHz and 6.7 GHz microwave fixed point-to-point bands and earth station transmitters communicating with geostationary satellite (GSO) systems in the fixed-satellite service (FSS).
Review of Regulation of Telecommunications Customer Cabling
Communications Alliance provided a submission on the ACMA Review of regulation of telecommunications customer cabling. The submission highlights a number of drivers for change which make this ACMA review timely, including developments in technology, consumer expectations moving from a PSTN-centric environment to ubiquitous fast broadband, the advent of smart homes and the era of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Communications is increasingly seen as an essential service provided by the telecommunications sector over critical infrastructure. The telecommunications industries and the technologies being deployed are evolving. The Consultation Paper urges caution against any premature winding back or softening of customer cabling regulations that may adversely affect the health and safety of persons using/working with cabling installations. The Consultation Paper also highlights the growing use of communications cabling for power distribution and that cabling within customer premises may become increasingly difficult to manage, as the regulatory demarcation lines of electrical and communications cabling systems increasingly blur.
Communications Alliance Submission on the ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry Preliminary Report
The submission re-states our industry’s commitment to the protection of privacy and personal information but also raises some high-level concerns around the scope of some of the preliminary recommendations of the Report that are aimed at broader regulatory reform and changes to legislation, e.g. the Privacy Act 1968. These recommendations may thereby impact the whole economy, i.e. numerous sectors which are not, or ought not be, the subject of the Inquiry which is focused on online search engines, social media and digital platforms.
Communications Alliance points out that the Report does not provide guidance as to what particular ‘harm’ the suggested economy-wide changes propose to address in the sectors that are not subject of the Inquiry, nor does it make clear what protective advantages the proposed changes would provide.
The submission, therefore, recommends further evidence-based analysis and consultation on these issues, including the development of an Issues Paper and recommendations for review.
Communications Alliance Seeking Review Comments on C647:2017 NBN Access Transfer Industry Code
Communications Alliance is seeking comments for a scheduled review of the following Code:
This Code describes the minimum processes between Customers, RSPs, Access Seekers and Access Providers for the post-migration transfer of fibre access services over the NBN and seeks to minimise Customer impacts during the Transfer of an active NBN Service between RSPs.
The aim of the review is to identify any existing issues with the Code;
The Code can be downloaded from here.
Further information can be found on the Documents under review webpage. All submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. (AEST) on Friday 15 March 2019. Submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise
Interested in the Consumer Data Right Debate?
Read the updated Status Report on the Consumer Data Right, Open Banking and Federal Government Data Release and Sharing In Australia by Peter Leonard, Principal, Data Synergies.
Also read the joint Communications Alliance – AiiA – DIGI submission on the Treasury Laws Amendment (Consumer Data Right) Bill 2018.
Communications Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new member: