Issue No 17: 10 June 2015


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2015 ACOMMS Finalists Announced

Communications Alliance and Communications Day are proud to announce the finalists in the communications industry’s premier awards for excellence, the ACOMMS. The ACOMMS recognise exemplary achievement across 12 categories of endeavour.  Read the Media Release here.


Innovation (Large)

  • Foxtel - Alert Shirt
  • Nextgen - North West Cable System (NWCS)
  • Optus Mobile - Cash by Optus
  • Vodafone Hutchison Australia - Data Workout

Innovation (SME)

  • Megaport - Software-based network and communications
  • NetComm Wireless - NTC-8000
  • NEXTDC - P1 Perth Data Centre
  • OptiComm Co - Central Park Development

Vendor Innovation (Large)

  • Alcatel-Lucent - Rio Tinto 4G LTE network
  • Ericsson - Wholesale Mobile Evolution
  • Hills Connection Solutions - Fixed Wireless Program
  • Telstra - Connected Stadium

Vendor Innovation (Emerging)

  • NetComm Wireless - NTC-140W
  • Sika Technology - Telecommunication Pits
  • Skybridge – Skypad

Commitment to Customer Service

  • amaysim - Intuitive DIY account management and support
  • iiNet – Customer Service Strategy
  • Telstra – Personalisation
  • tech2GROUP - Automated Loop Back Customer Experience

Services to Industry - Professional Services

  • Alcatel-Lucent - Engineering Courses
  • Bird & Bird - Thought Leadership on disruptive technologies
  • Maddocks - Technology Procurement Handbook
  • Thomson Geer - Intellectual Property, Technology & Regulatory Practice Group

Best Marketing Initiative

  • Telstra Corporation Ltd - Vantage
  • Virgin Mobile Australia - Making Mobile Better

Best Mobile Solution

  • iiNet – Toolbox
  • Singtel Optus - Cash by Optus
  • Singtel Optus - My Plan Plus
  • Telstra - 4GX

Best Security Solution

  • BAE Systems Applied Intelligence - CyberReveal
  • BAE Systems Applied Intelligence - Vulnerability Management Service
  • Cloud Plus - Managed Firewall with the Security Plus Bundle

Community Contribution

  • Jeenee Mobile - Social Enterprise Telco
  • Singtel Optus - student2student Program
  • Telstra - Safe Connections
  • Virgin Mobile Australia - #Mealforameal

Satellite Provider of the Year

  • IPSTAR Australia - Interim Satellite Service
  • Optus Satellite - Optus-10 program
  • Pivotel Satellite Pty Limited - Tracertrak
  • Skybridge - Telstra Switchover
Communications Ambassador
  • Announced on the night

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Prime time in BCR – new digital productivity primer released

As part of its work on analysing digital productivity, the Bureau of Communications Research (BCR) has released the first part of a leading project to understand how digitisation affects Australia’s productivity and the nation’s economy.

A key tool for policy officers and decision-makers, the Digital Productivity Primer looks at how ICT and digitisation affects productivity, why productivity matters, how digital transformation impacts productivity and tools for measuring the productivity gains from digitisation.

Next steps are to release a Labour Productivity Impacts Report in July and firm case studies in December 2015.

Click here to view the Primer.

If you have feedback or queries on the primer, please contact the BCR via email: bcr@communications.gov.au

nbn Joins IoT Think Tank Executive Council in Lead-Up to Industry/Stakeholder Workshop

Key infrastructure player nbn has joined the Executive Council of the Communications Alliance Internet of Things (IoT) Think-Tank, as stakeholders gear up for a key, direction-setting workshop to be held on 19 June.

nbn’s Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer, Mr Brad Whitcomb joins the Executive Council, alongside senior representatives from Telstra, IBM, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, KPMG, the Department of Communications’ Bureau of Communications Research (BCR), Sirca and Creator Tech.

Executive Council Chair and Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said the members had warmly welcomed nbn at the group’s second meeting on 29 May.

“nbn’s mission to date has obviously focused on national broadband service roll-out, but there is little doubt that the disruptive nature of IoT and the looming need for network solutions complementary to IoT will soon factor on the radar screens of nbn and other infrastructure players.”

Mr Whitcomb said, “As a visionary wholesale only provider, nbn™ is keenly interested in the rapidly emerging opportunities presented by the Internet of Things.

“nbn is leading the way in rolling out a network across Australia that will help enable seamless networking of people, and of things. The comprehensive nature of the network can be a key enabler of the IoT, including by adopting and implementing standard approaches across geographies and technologies.

“We see a number of potential early opportunities for our access seekers, including smart metering, environmental sensors, CCTV and digital signage.

“We look forward to participating in the Communications Alliance program that will research and identify IoT benefits for Australian industry, seek to address regulatory and other inhibitors and enablers (including privacy and spectrum allocation); and lead to the development of a comprehensive strategy and vision for the Australian IoT community.”

The Think Tank is gearing up for a major industry/stakeholder workshop to be held in Sydney on 19 June, hosted by KPMG. The workshop will complement the research project being undertaken by consultants and Think-Tank members, Creator Tech.

A broader stakeholder group, including representatives from the ACMA, AIIA, ACCAN and AMTA are expected to join IoT industry players in a detailed examination of the newly-mapped “IoT ecosystem” in Australia and look at where Australian industry can and should most effectively play.

The workshop will also examine work recently completed by leading law firm, Baker & McKenzie as it debates the implications of IoT for Australia’s regulatory framework.

The program for the Workshop can be found here. Spaces at the workshop are limited but industry participants or other stakeholders interested in attending can enquire via info@commsalliance.com.au.

Communications Essentials - Implementing the Data Retention Regime
Sydney and Melbourne (via videoconference) Thursday 25 June 2015

Australia’s controversial Mandatory Data Retention Regime takes effect from 13 October this year.

As Service Providers work to understand what the regime requires and how they can comply with it, Communications Alliance Members are invited to attend a Comms Essentials Seminar on Data Retention Implementation.

This must-attend industry event will feature:

  • An address by the Communications Access Coordinator within the Attorney-General’s Department (responsible for overseeing the scheme) Ms Jamie Lowe; and
  • Presentations from a range of vendors vying to offer outsourced data retention solutions to Australian service providers.

Communications Alliance is working with the Attorney-General’s Department to finalise guidance documents for Service Providers, to help de-mystify the intricacies of the Data Retention requirements, how the data-set applies to specific services and how Service Providers can create implementation plans as a pathway to compliance with the regime.

The event offers an opportunity to hear the views of the CAC, who is responsible for a raft of oversight and approval functions, including the awarding of exemptions and the approval of implementation plans.

Alongside this, the seminar will allow vendors of outsourced data retention solutions to showcase their capabilities as Service Providers seek to define the least burdensome path to complying with the new laws.

The seminar will also feature a legal/regulatory overview of the data retention regime from leading law firm, Baker & McKenzie


  • Overview of regulation and legal overview of the data retention regime: Speaker Patrick Fair, Baker & McKenzie
  • Address by the Communications Access Coordinator  Speaker: Ms Jamie Lowe, Communications Access Coordinator, Attorney-General’s Department
  • Outsourced data retention solution: BAE Systems, Hewlett Packard teamed with Price Waterhouse Coopers, Yaana Limited
  • Q&A  Facilitator: John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance

Who should attend:

Attendance is essential for Communications Alliance members - representatives from carriage service providers, internet service providers, law firms and other industry stakeholders who want to understand the intricacies of the Data Retention requirements, how the data-set applies to specific services and how Service Providers can create implementation plans as a pathway to compliance with the regime.

CA Members Registrations accepted here

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