Issue No 5 - 2 March 2015



  • Rewind/Fast Forward 25 March 2015 - Register here
  • The ACOMMS Awards 2015: 16 July 2015 -  Register here
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Craig Purdon, joins Communications Alliance as Project Manager

Communications Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Purdon as Project Manager.

Craig joins Communications Alliance with a rich project management and operations background from his previous roles at Standards Australia and Vodafone. Craig’s responsibilities include operational matters relating to the migration of end-customers in an NBN environment and CA’s work around mobile and local number portability and mobile premium services. He will also manage the CA Reference Panels for Operations (ORP) and Communications Security (CSRP).

Communications Alliance publishes Australian Standard for VDSL2 filters

Communications Alliance has published its revised Standard Requirements for DSL Customer Equipment for connection to the PSTN (AS/CA S041:2015).

The revised Standard specifies the technical requirements for modems and filters designed or intended for connection to a DSL service that shares the metallic local loop with an analogue PSTN two-wire service.

In this latest revision the Standard was extended to cover the use of filters with VDSL2 technology operating up to a maximum frequency of 30MHz.

The revised Standard can be downloaded from the Communications Alliance website at:


Revised Standard for mobile handsets operating in new spectrum bands

Communications Alliance has now published a revised edition of the Requirements for connection to an air interface of a Telecommunications Network—Part 4: IMT Customer Equipment (AS/CA S042.4:2015) Standard.

The Standard specifies the requirements for IMT customer equipment used with an IMT public mobile telecommunications service (for example for 3rd and 4th generation mobile handsets). This revision introduces new requirements for IMT customer equipment for use in the 700 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum bands. 

Of particular interest to this revision is the 700 MHz spectrum band for 4G mobile cellular services. The availability of the 700 MHz Band for mobile communications follows from Australia switching from analogue to digital television services and the restacking of the digital television broadcast services.

The new requirements for IMT customer equipment for use in the 700 MHz band in the Standard are based on ETSI TS 136 101 as an interim measure until such time that the current ETSI EN 301 908-13 Standard is revised by ETSI to include requirements for E-UTRA Band 28, anticipated to be in early 2016.

The revised Standard can be downloaded from the Communications Alliance website at:

The ACOMM Awards 2015 – Nominations Open

Nominations for the awards close on 17 April 2015.  Full details of the awards and criteria are available at http://www.acomms.com.au/nominations.php


Rewind/Fast Forward - Celebrate the Internet's 20th anniversary


Join Communications Alliance at Rewind/Fast Forward, a one-day event celebrating 20 years in of the commercial internet in Australia on Wednesday 25 March 2015 in Sydney.

Take a stroll down memory lane as we Rewind through the last twenty years, and Fast Forward to make predictions for the next ten, is a series of short, sharp presentations with plenty of question time.

Hear from:
Mark Armstrong - Director, Network Insight Institute
Luke Carruthers - General Partner, 25fifteen
Simon Hackett - founder of Internode
Michael Malone - founder of iiNet
Mark Scott - Managing Director, ABC
David Spence - Chairman, Vocus Communications
plus experts on field robotics, big data, the sharing economy, digital content, disruption and more!

Rewind/Fast Forward
When: Wednesday 25 March, 2015, 9am-5.30pm (followed by drinks and networking)
Where: Doltone House on Hyde Park, 3/181 Elizabeth St, Sydney
Cost: $330
Special rate for Communications Alliance members: $220 (enter the code RFF2015-CA)

New Member

Communications Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new member:

Universities Australia



Universities Australia was established on 22 May 2007 as the peak body representing the university sector.

Universities Australia represents Australian universities in the public interest, both nationally and internationally. Members of Universities Australia are the universities, represented by their Chief Executive Officer - the Vice-Chancellor.



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