Issue No 21: 4 September  2018



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2018 ACOMM Award Winners Announced


Visit the 2018 ACOMMS photo gallery here and highlights video here. And Media Release here.   

The winners of the 2018 ACOMM Awards are:

  • COMMUNICATIONS AMBASSADOR – David Tudehope - Chief Executive, Macquarie Telecom Group
  • Innovation - Large Company – Telstra
  • Innovation - SME – Coevolve and National Narrowband Network
  • Vendor Innovation – NetComm Wireless
  • Internet of Things Start Up – Reekoh
  • Commitment to Customer Service – Telstra
  • Services to the Industry, Professional Services – Huawei Technologies
  • Best Mobile Solution – amaysim Australia
  • Community Contribution – Speedcast International and Fulton Hogan
  • Satellite Provider of the Year Award – Optus Satellite
  • Best Marketing Initiative – Thinxtra

The winners of the prestigious 2018 Communications Alliance Awards were announced on 29 August at the 12th Annual ACOMM Awards Dinner in Sydney.  Attended by more than 450 industry leaders, the evening’s keynote address was delivered by Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, Federal Minister for Communications and the Arts.

The individual category awards were taken out by a star-studded line-up of Australian service providers - featuring long-established players and ‘new faces’. The growing pervasiveness and high innovation levels of the Internet of Things is evidenced by the fact that IoT-oriented companies – Reekoh, Thinxtra and NNNCo - took out awards in three separate categories.

The Chief Executive of Macquarie Telecom Group, David Tudehope, has been named Australian Communications Ambassador 2018 for helping shape the competitive, regulatory and consumer environment of the telecommunications industry in Australia. David founded Macquarie Telecom in 1992 as a provider of voice services and has guided the company’s development to become a fully integrated carrier; supplying voice, mobile, data networks & managed hosting solutions to business and government users in Australia and Asia.

“David was a pioneer in the early days of the liberalisation of the Australian telecommunications market and remains a highly influential customer and industry champion,” said Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton.

“The ACOMM Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for the Australian communications industry and I congratulate all the winners and finalists in the 2018 ACOMMS,

“Excellence in innovation is a pervasive trait in the achievements of the 2018 ACOMM winners.”

Submission on Remaking Telecommunications Standards and Changes to the Labelling Notice

Communications Alliance has made a submission on the review by the Australian Communications and Media Authority into the remaking telecommunications standards and changes to the labelling notice.

In reviewing the three draft instruments that have been released for consultation, Communications Alliance is recommending that the ACMA reconsider its technical regulatory approach in how to make industry Standards applicable Standards under the Telecommunications Act. In promoting the timely development of industry Standards for use by the Australian telecommunications industry, industry is querying that the proposed approach will introduce delays in making Standards available to industry and new telecommunications devices available to the public.

Communications Alliance Welcomes New NBN CEO

Communications Alliance welcomed the appointment of Stephen Rue as the new CEO of NBN Co and paid tribute to outgoing CEO, Bill Morrow.

“We congratulate Stephen on his selection to what is one of Australia’s most important infrastructure roles and wish him and his team every success during the remainder of the network rollout,” said Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton.

“The appointment comes at a time of accelerating deployment and significantly improving performance metrics from the national network builder.

“These laudable improvements are testimony to the leadership efforts of Bill Morrow and the efforts of everyone at NBN Co.

“We have enjoyed the opportunity to work with Bill and extend our best wishes to him in future endeavours.

SAVE THE DATE – Comms Essentials on Space and Satellite

When: Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 9.00am (9.30am start) – 11.30am
Where: Baker McKenzie, Barangaroo Sydney with a video link to Melbourne

  • Dr Megan Clark, Head of the Australian Space Agency
  • James Cameron, Authority Member, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
  • Rocket Lab, commercial rocket launch services provider (invited)



By 2020 the number of IoT connected devices globally is expected to be 30 billion, and this is forecast to grow to 100 billion by 2025.   By 2025 the IoT market could be generating revenue close to USD 10 trillion.

IoT Impact is a two-day learning campus for Australia business executives and IOT practitioners to understand and plan for the impact of the Internet of Things in Australia.

Gerhard Loots, head of IoT and M2M Telstra will deliver a keynote address on 5G Australia: The Connected Everywhere Country

10-11 September 2018
University of Technology Sydney

Communications Alliance Members will receive a 10% discount. Login to the Members Area for your promotional code.

For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.iotimpact.com.au

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