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Communications Alliance Welcomes Appointment of New Minister for Communications

Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton today welcomed the appointment of Senator Mitch Fifield as the new Minister for Communications in the first Turnbull Cabinet.

“Communications Alliance maintains a strong and productive relationship with the Federal Government and the relevant regulators in pursuit of good policy outcomes, promotion of the growth of the sector, maintenance of ethical business standards and consumer protection”, Mr Stanton said.

“We have worked closely with Malcolm Turnbull and Paul Fletcher before and since the election of the Coalition Government on NBN operational issues, deregulation and red-tape reduction, consumer protection, national security and copyright issues, the Internet of Things and a host of others.

"I look forward to the opportunity to engage with Minister Fifield on what remains a very busy and strategically significant portfolio landscape."


Public comment invited on the Inbound Number Portability Code

Communications Alliance Ltd invites public comment on the Inbound Number Portability Code (DR C657:2015)

The Inbound Number Portability Code is designed to describe the minimum operational procedures between Carriers/Carriage Service Providers (jointly CSPs) and other industry participants for the implementation of Inbound Number Portability.
The portability of Freephone (18/1800) and Local Rate Numbers (13/1345/1300) is referred to as Inbound Number Portability (INP).
The purpose of the Code is to set out:

  • operational arrangements which will enable a Customer to directly connect to another CSP’s network and retain the same number;
  • competitively neutral and non-discriminatory processes for the implementation and operation of Freephone and Local Rate Numbers by which CSPs may exchange information with each other in accordance with the requirements of Part 13 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Act) and the Privacy Act 1988;
  • criteria against which the compliance of Suppliers with the Code may be measured; and
  • procedures to enable a Customer to retain their Telephone Number when transferring from one CSP to another.
The draft Code can be downloaded from the Drafts for Public Comment page along with further information on how to submit comments.

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

The Public Comment for the draft Code closes at 5:00pm (AEDST) on 20th October 2015.


NBN FTTB/N Migration Processes Industry Guidance Note

Communications Alliance has published a NBN FTTB/N Migration Processes (IGN 008) Industry Guidance Note.

The objective of this Guidance Note is provide guidance to industry and stakeholders in relation to:
(a) interim migration processes for initial NBN FTTB/N migrations (on both the connection and disconnection side); and
(b) establishment of longer term migration processes governing migration from a copper or HFC network to an FTTB/N or HFC service either on the NBN or a third party network.

It is anticipated that this Guidance Note will form the basis of a (yet to be developed) registered Industry Code or Industry Guideline as longer term migration processes are developed.

The Guidance Note can be downloaded from the Communications Alliance website.


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The Inaugural Australian OTT Summit will examine the rise of Over The Top (OTT) technologies and services in the Australian telecommunications industry in the TV, Messaging and Voice domains and will explore the challenges, opportunities and case studies of their disruption.

18-19 November 2015
Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney, Australia

CA Members are entitled to a 15% discount.  Please log in to the CA Members Area for further details or contact (02) 9959 9111.

Register here


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