Issue No 13: 18 June 2018



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Visit the 2017 ACOMMS photo gallery here and highlights video here. And see the 2017 winners here.

MNF Group is Title Sponsor for 2018 ACOMM Awards

The MNF Group has signed on as the Title Sponsor for the upcoming 2018 ACOMM Awards – the industry awards recognising excellence in the Australian telecommunications sector.

The ACOMM Awards, hosted by Communications Alliance in collaboration with Media Partner, The Australian Newspaper, have – for more than a decade - showcased the best and most innovative achievements throughout Australian telecommunications.

Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, today welcomed MNF Group’s decision. “A vibrant new Title Sponsor brings fresh energy and excitement to what promises to be a glittering 2018 ACOMMS,” Mr Stanton said.

MNF Group joins Gold Sponsor, MIRAIT Technologies Australia,Rene-Sugo-Photo Silver Sponsor Vodafone and Bronze Sponsors CYIENT, Bird & Bird and KPMG as core backers of the 2018 ACOMMS.

MNF Group is one of Asia-Pacific’s fastest growing technology companies. The company develops and operates a global communications network and software suite enabling some of the world’s leading innovators to deliver new-generation communications solutions.

The Group was an early pioneer of IP communications technology in Australia. Today, MNF continues to innovate and advocate for healthy competition in the communications industry.

MNF Group CEO, Rene Sugo, said: “We see a great alignment between ACOMMS awards’ celebration of innovation and MNF’s commitment to challenging the status quo and facilitating innovation through our smart communications network. As a past nominee and winner of these awards, we are now excited and proud to come onboard as the title sponsor of ACOMMS and celebrate the next wave of industry achievements.”

Nominations for the 2018 ACOMMS have closed and a prestigious panel of 15 expert judges is now reviewing the nominations. Shortlisted Finalists will be announced on 18 July and the Winners will receive their accolades at the ACOMM Awards Presentation Dinner on 29 August at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney.

Federal Minister for Communications & the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield will present a keynote address at the presentation dinner, which will also feature celebrity MC, television’s Sylvia Jeffreys.

Tickets for the 2018 ACOMM Awards Presentation Dinner can be purchased here.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Vendor Innovation
  • Best Marketing Initiative
  • Best Mobile Solution
  • Commitment to Customer Service
  • Community Contribution
  • Innovation, Large Company
  • Innovation, SME
  • Best Internet of Things Start-Up
  • Services to Industry, Professional Services
  • Satellite Provider of the Year

The Five-Year Spectrum Outlook gets another refresh by the ACMA

The Communications Alliance Satellite Services Working Group (SSWG) welcomes the latest release of the ACMA’s spectrum management work program – the Five-Year Spectrum Outlook (FYSO). The balanced approach that the ACMA has taken with its band replanning work constitutes an important step in engaging productively all sectors of the industry in the management of radiocommunications spectrum.

However, in its submission on the FYSO, the SSWG has identified a number of areas that still warrant more detailed treatment, including the greater use of in-band co-existence between class licensing and apparatus/spectrum licensing, catering for evolving dynamic spectrum techniques and addressing disparities in licence period allocations. It is recognised that the co-existence of satellite and terrestrial technology is an important theme in the 5G era, and that the ACMA will have an important role to play to allow all stakeholders to fully exploit the potential of 5G and IoT.

The SSWG has also taken the opportunity to provide a response to the ACMA’s consultation on the 3.6 GHz band legislative instruments. The SSWG is generally comfortable with the machinery of government being proposed for the reallocation of the 3.6 GHz spectrum band following the recent Ministerial Declarations.


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