Committees and Groups
The Communications Alliance Operations Council is comprised of senior representatives from member companies to guide and help manage the core operational activities of the Alliance.
Customer Equipment and Cable Reference Panel (CECRP)
The Customer Equipment and Cabling Reference Panel identifies and reviews customer equipment and customer cabling issues likely to affect industry and recommend appropriate action for the ongoing efficient operation of the industry. This includes the review of existing standards, codes, guidelines and other related documentation.
Industry Consumer Advisory Group (ICAG)
The Industry Consumer Advisory Group was established to represent and advance the interests of Communications Alliance members involved in the delivery of services to end users.
It will focus its efforts on improving the level of Industry compliance with Consumer related Codes. It will also develop good working relationships with key stakeholders including Communications Compliance, ACCAN, TIO and the ACMA.
Network Reference Panel (NRP)
The Network Reference Panel identifies and reviews network issues likely to affect industry and recommend appropriate action for the ongoing efficient operation of the industry. This includes the review of existing codes, guidelines and other related documentation.
Operations Reference Panel (ORP)
The Operations Reference Panel identifies and reviews issues likely to affect industry operational matters and recommend appropriate action for the ongoing efficient operation of the industry. This includes the review of existing codes, guidelines, IT specifications and other related documentation.
Telecommunications Fraud Prevention Group (TFPG)
The Telecommunications Fraud Prevention Group represents telecommunications providers in relation to the identification and consideration of fraudulent and/or criminal activities that specifically target providers of telecommunications services to the Australian market, and the consumers of these services.
Satellite Services Working Group (SSWG)
The Satellite Services Working Group represents and advances the interests of Communications Alliance members involved in the delivery of satellite-based network and facilities services on a wholesale and/or retail basis.
Numbering Working Group (NWG)
The Numbering Working Group represents telecommunications providers in relation to matters pertaining to numbering in the telecommunications industry.
CECRP Panel Advisory Group
The CECRP/PAG is a standing Advisory Group charged with the responsibility of reviewing queries on AS/ACIF Standards and ACMA Technical Standards and developing responses on behalf of Communications Alliance.
Mobile Number Portability Administration Group
The Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Administration Group ensures the efficient operation of MNP within the scope of the Mobile Number Portability
Industry Code (C570:2009).
Mobile Content and Services Group
The Mobile Content and Services Group examines opportunities for growth and discusses current industry issues from a mobile premium services content aggregator/content service provider perspective.
Mobile Premium Services Carrier Group
The Mobile Premium Services Carrier Group examines opportunities for operational efficiencies and industry growth in the delivery of Mobile Premium Services from an end carriage service provider perspective.
NBN OTT Services Transition Working Group (NOST)
The NOST Working Group is developing communications and operational plans to help RSPs and Over-The-Top (OTT) service providers to manage transition of relevant services and devices from copper to fibre based telephone services and to assist end-users of OTT services (and in particular personal medical alarm services) to manage the transition from copper to fibre based telephone services.
WC44 LNP Code Revision
The Local Number Portability Code Revision
Working Committee (WC44) is to revise the Local Number Portability Code (C540:2007)
- Update the existing LNP Code where essential to achieve effective number portability processes for customers moving between telephony service providers;
- Reconsider current LNP scenarios and to take into account new LNP scenarios;
- Highlight that porting processes should be (access network) technology neutral;
- Revision of a number of terms and wording that are copper network specific to better meet a mixed copper/fibre model for the next decade; and
- Ensure the Code remains fit-for-purpose during the period in which the NBN roll-out will move from low to higher volume deployments.
WC46 Wireless Data ECS Exemption
The CE Wireless Data ECS Exemption
Working Committee (WC46) is to develop an Amendment to AS/CA S042.1: 2010 Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network — Part 1: General
Standard to exclude CE that use a wireless data connection (either satellite data or 3G data) that provide voice communications to a call answering point (such as a control centre) that is not an Emergency Services Operator (ESO) from the requirements for emergency call access.
WC50 LNP NBN Requirements
The Local Number Portability Code NBN Requirements
Working Committee (WC50) is to develop recommendations for an LNP framework in a fully realised NBN environment, taking the following into consideration:
- Customer transfer and LNP experiences gained in the NBN environment including customer experience, the type and nature of transactions, systems and process capabilities being deployed and existing and future capability to support high volume migrations and transfers projected in the NBN Co business plan;
- The different roles of carriers, carriage service providers, access providers, wholesale aggregators, retail service providers and resellers in the LNP process in an NBN environment;
- Outcomes for customers and industry, taking into account expected longer term service trends, underlying service technologies, interconnect arrangements and international practices. Focus to include service provider entry into the LNP framework and the resultant consumer experience of portability being broadly available across fixed telephony suppliers; and
- Longer term trends in market structure expected in an NBN environment, noting the desirability of a robust level of market place competition at each service delivery layer.
WC52 Push Mobile Location Information
The Push Mobile Location Information
Working Committee (WC52) is to create a combined set of documents for mobile location information based on:
- two existing specifications (G557:2009 and G629:2009);
- an existing guideline (G643:2011); and
- a new Push Mobile Location Information (MoLI) Interface To Enhanced Calling Line Identification System (ECLIPS) Specification as parts 1 to 4 of G557:3013.
WC53 NBN Fibre Access Transfer
Specifically, the Working Committee is to develop a NBN Fibre Access Transfer
Industry Guideline that will:
- establish operational principles which will enable the transfer of an NBN fibre access service between RSPs;
- establish minimum operational requirements on RSPs, Access Seekers and Access Providers in the transfer of an NBN fibre access service between RSPs; and
- minimise End User impacts during the transfer of an NBN fibre access service between RSPs.
WC55: 1813 Reform Implementation Project
The WC55: 1813 Reform Implementation Project
Working Committee has been established to perform an area of work identified by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. This Committee in carrying out the specific terms below is to observe the following guidelines, as appropriate:
- Detailed Implementation Plan, including deliverables, milestones and assessment criteria to be delivered to the ACMA by August 2013
- Industry to develop an Industry Guideline, designed to achieve industry-wide implementation of the proposal for reform of calling arrangements from mobile phones to local rate numbers. A draft to be provided to the ACMA by 31 October 2013.
WC56 Participant Monitoring Revision
The Participant Monitoring Revision
Working Committee (WC56) is to revise the G516:2004 Participant Monitoring of Voice Communications
Industry Guideline and the G517:2004 Monitoring of Communications for Network Operation and Maintenance
Industry Guideline to:
- attempt to clarify the legal position in relation to monitoring and recording of voice communications by a participant without the consent of other parties to the communication;
- reflect changes to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 and the Telecommunications Act 1997 in relation to the monitoring and recording of communications; and
- reflect current industry practices.
WC57 Calling Number Display Revision
The Calling Number Display Code
Revision Working Committee (WC57) is to revise the Calling Number Display
Industry Code (C522:2007), including clarification of supplier obligations in providing customer information; review of existing obligations to include VOIP services; to limit the scope of the Code to residential and business customers; to ensure compatibility with existing legislation; and to consider the Code for registration with the ACMA.
WC58 VDSL2 and Vectoring
The VDSL2 and Vectoring
Working Committee (WC58) is to revise the C559:2012 Unconditioned Local Loop Service (ULLS) Network Deployment
Industry Code and the AS/ACIF S043 Requirements for Customer Equipment for connection to a metallic local loop interface of a Telecommunications Network
Australian Standard to align with international developments in VDSL2 technology e.g. ITU-T Recommendations G993.2 and G.993.5.