Issue No 14: 11 May 2015


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Internet of Things Think-Tank Highlights Need for National Strategy

Sydney, 8 May 2015  – The Communications Alliance Internet of Things (IoT) Think- Tank has resolved to push for the development of an IoT national strategy to position Australia to harness the benefits of this globally disruptive trend.

The first meeting of the Think Tank’s Executive Council in Sydney today, highlighted the need to encourage industry interoperability and collaboration, based on secure and open IoT solutions.

The meeting was attended by senior representatives of Alcatel Lucent, Creator Tech, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, IBM, Intel, RoZetta Technology, Telstra and Communications Alliance – a powerful grouping of many of the world’s most expert and active players in the IoT space.

The Federal Government’s Bureau of Communications Research (BCR) also attended the meeting as an active observer. KPMG is also a member of the Executive Council.

The Think Tank is refining the scope of an initial research project, expected to commence by early June, that will:

  • describe and map the Australian IoT eco-system, taking account of evolving international developments;
  • examine the fitness of the Australian regulatory framework to deal with the new challenges it will face as the IoT growth curve accelerates in the near future;
  • focus on areas of opportunity for the Australia economy, including within specific industry verticals and through cross-sectoral collaboration; and
  • prepare recommendations for policy and industry initiatives designed to generate measurable economic outcomes.

“The Think-Tank kick-off meeting revealed strong alignment among service providers, equipment vendors and others as to the criticality of creating an activated, globally- aware IoT community in Australia that can grab the opportunities and minimise the risks inherent in the Internet of Things,“ Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton said today.

A broader workshop of industry and other stakeholders is planned for mid-June in Sydney, with the final release of the study and recommendations targeted for September/October, prior to commencing the downstream work.

Communications Alliance submits industry response on ACMA numbering charges

Communications Alliance has submitted an industry response to the ACMA consultation paper "Proposal to adjust numbering charges".  The consultation paper sought comments on the ACMA proposal to set charges for the allocation of telephone numbers and associated number transactions that will apply from 1 August 2015.

In response Communications Alliance commented on the ACMA comparison of current and future practices, the methodology to establish a basis for cost recovery and the methodology for charging.

The response is available from the Submissions page on the Communications Alliance website.

Communications Alliance publishes Guidance Note for insolvency practitioners and CSPs

Communications Alliance has published Industry Guidance Note IGN007 Issues to Consider for Insolvency Practitioners and Telecommunications Carriage Service Providers in relation to Carriage Service Providers in Financial Difficulty.

The Guidance Note was prepared by the Service Continuity Working Group (SCWG) – a group comprised of Communications Alliance, telecommunications industry representatives, the professional body of company liquidators and bankruptcy trustees (the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association, ARITA), and others involved in the insolvency and restructuring profession. The group also has observer-members from the industry regulators, ACMA and ACCC, and from the Federal Department of Communications.

The Guidance Note is designed to be a useful resource for insolvency practitioners, for those working in the telecommunications sector; and for those impacted by an insolvency, to assist them to understand the processes involved in an insolvency scenario. It intends to facilitate better service continuity outcomes for consumers in circumstances where a CSP finds itself in financial difficulty, while also taking account of the legitimate interests of service providers, creditors and shareholders.

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