Drafts for Public Comment

In the course of preparation of a Communications Alliance Publication, a draft is released for public comment. Immediately below is/are the current draft(s) that is/are available for public comment. Drafts may be downloaded and reviewed off-line.

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All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.


Current Drafts for Public Comment

Once a period for public comment has ended the usual process is for the group that developed the draft (e.g. a Working Committee) to review any public comments on the draft and then work towards consensus on the content of the document, leading to publication of the document.


COMMENT SOUGHT ON REVISED C540:2022 LOCAL NUMBER PORTABILITY INDUSTRY CODE

DR C540:2022

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on a revised Local Number Portability Industry Code.

The Local Number Portability Code sets out operational procedures for the efficient and effective processes involved with the porting scenarios associated with Local Numbers. The Code also deals with the minimum requirements by which a Gaining CSP must abide by for Customer Authentication.

The revised C540:2022 Local Number Portability Industry Code seeks to:

  • introduce changes to processes to assist in reducing and simplifying the porting times associated with Cat A and Cat C Ports;
  • amend the Quarantine of Disconnected Numbers and Giveback process to improve Customer experience and align with the C566:2022 Number Management – Use of Numbers By Customers Industry Code;
  • clarify the response codes used in relation to certain system transactions; and
  • update the use of Local Time to Standard Time across all time value transactions.  

Accompanying the LNP Code, the G602.1:2022 Local Number Portability: IT Specifications and Operations Manual Part 1- General, Give Back and Ported Local Number Register Processing has also been revised to ensure consistency with the LNP Code.

Information on the working committee which participated in the Code development, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments via email or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 2022


COMMENT SOUGHT ON C566:2022 NUMBER MANAGEMENT – USE OF NUMBERS BY CUSTOMERS INDUSTRY CODE

DR C566:2022

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on the C566:2022 Number Management – Use of Numbers By Customers Industry Code. This draft of the C566:2022 Number Management – Use of Numbers By Customers Industry Code replaces two former Industry Codes, these are:

C566:2005 Rights of Use of Numbers Industry Code and C554:2004 Rights of Use of Premium Rate Service Numbers Industry Code.

The C566:2022 Number Management – Use of Numbers By Customers Industry Code relates to the CSP and Customer activities that arise from a CSP Holding Numbers and the CSP Issuing Numbers to Customers for their use.

The Code also seeks to:

  • define the arrangements between CSPs and their Customers when a Number is Issued to a Customer;
  • clarify the CSP obligations in providing Rights Of Use when a Number is Issued; and
  • enable Rights of Use Holders to understand how they can use a Number Issued to them and what is and is not permitted.

Information on the working committee which participated in the Code development, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments via email or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT CLOSES AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 2022


Expired Drafts for Public Comment

Once a period for public comment has ended the usual process is for the group that developed the draft (e.g. a Working Committee) to review any public comments on the draft and then work towards consensus on the content of the document, leading to publication of the document.

The documents listed below are drafts on which the period for public comment has ended. These documents are provided for reference.


COMMENT SOUGHT ON REVISED C661:2022 REDUCING SCAM CALLS AND SCAM SMS INDUSTRY CODE

DR C661:2022

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on a strengthened draft Anti-Scam Industry Code - which now targets scam SMS messages as well as phone calls.

The revised Code C661:2022 Reducing Scam Calls and Scam SMs, builds on existing measures in the Code which was originally registered by the ACMA in 2020.
The revised Code features improved tracing and reporting measures, along with a new section dealing with the identification, tracing and blocking of numbers associated with SMS Scams. The Code also continues to provide a framework for co-operation and information-sharing among telecommunications service providers, that assists in the identification of scammers, so that blocking and enforcement action can more easily be taken.

Information on the working committee which participated in the Code development, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments via email or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON FRIDAY 11TH MARCH 2022

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Public comment invited on the new 5G Customer Equipment Standard

DR AS/CA S042.1:2021
DR AS/CA S042.4:2021
DR AS/CA S042.5:2021

Communications Alliance invites public comment on the updated AS/CA S042 Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network Standard, including new Part 5 requirements for 5G Customer Equipment. The AS/CA S042 Standard specifies the general requirements and test methods for CE for use in connection with a PMTS or a Satellite Service in order to meet the regulatory arrangements for such equipment in Australia.

Changes to Part 1: General

With the proposed introduction of the new Part 5 specifying the requirements for IMT 2020 Customer Equipment, the references, acronyms, definitions and requirements of Part 1 have been updated to maintain alignment. Specifically, the emergency call service requirements have been updated with device identifiers used by 5G CE. This includes the introduction of the new IMEISV identifier which augments the role of the IMEI identifier by including the software version of the customer equipment. Other changes include the updating of the reference to C536 with regards to the programming of the Identity Module ECC field and also reproducing all IMEI and PKC security requirements into Part 1 of the Standard.

Changes to Part 4: IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced Customer Equipment

With the proposed introduction of the new Part 5 specifying the requirements for IMT 2020 Customer Equipment, the references and requirements of Part 4 have been updated to maintain alignment. The Receiver Total Radiated Sensitivity (TRS) and Total Radiated Power (TRP) test cases have been excluded from the compliance conditions as radiated antenna performance requirements are outside the scope of this Standard. The Standard that provided the requirements for Cat M1 and NarrowBand IoT has been updated from ETSI TS 136 101 to ETSI EN Harmonised Standard and FCC Part 22. Other changes include reproducing all IMEI and PKC security requirements into Part 1 of the Standard.

The new Part 5 for IMT-2020 Customer Equipment

The AS/CA S042 Standard is being updated with a new proposed Part 5: IMT-2020 Customer Equipment providing the technical conditions and requirements for IMT CE that is designed or intended for use in connection with an IMT-2020 public mobile telecommunications service (PMTS). The new requirements apply to both 5G New Radio and 5G New Radio / E-UTRA (LTE). The requirements reflect 3GPP Release 15 and the spectrum bands reflect those identified to be relevant for Australia for use by the mobile carriers. When EN 301 908-25 IMT cellular networks; Harmonised Standard for access to radio spectrum; Part 25: New Radio (NR) User Equipment (UE) Part 25 is published, anticipated to be late 2022, the compliance arrangements in AS/CA S042.5 Standard will be updated to pick up the new ETSI Harmonised Standard.

Information on the Working Committee which revised the Standard, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON 11 FEBRUARY 2022.


Comment Sought on New C666:2021 Existing Customer Authentication Industry Code

DR C666:2021

Communications Alliance is seeking public comment on a new Industry Code designed to strengthen customer authentication in the telecommunications sector, including to combat fraud perpetrated via communications services.

The new Code C666:2021 Existing Customer Authentication, will work in concert with other regulatory safeguards, including the Pre-Port Verification Standard and the Reducing Scam Call Industry Code, to seek to minimise scamming and fraud for all Australian telecommunications users.

The Code has been developed to provide a framework for an approach to customer authentication that includes, a focus on desired outcomes and flexibility for the use of customer authentication measures which will ultimately limit to the opportunity for fraudulent activity, in particular any action that could result in a customer losing access to their telecommunications service.

Information on the Operations Reference Panel which provided oversight for the Code development, including the Terms of Reference, can be found here.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

You can use the Submit Comments form to submit your comments via email or go to the Contact Us webpage to obtain other contact methods such as by post or fax.

THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR THE DRAFT CLOSED AT 5:00 P.M. (AEST) ON MONDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2021.