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Regulatory Restraint Urged On Data Retention Regime Compliance

Communications Alliance has urged the Federal Government to exercise regulatory restraint in the event that some telecommunications service providers are unable to fully comply with the mandatory two-year Data Retention regime by the time of the April 2017 deadline.

Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, welcomed the announcement on 5 September of the $128.4 million in grants to industry under the Data Retention Industry Grants Program (DRIGP).

“The Government appears to have done a reasonable job of apportioning the limited funds available, particularly among smaller providers, although some of the larger players face heavy unfunded expenses to meet their compliance requirements.

“But the lengthy delay in finalising the grants process has put many services providers under immense pressure to complete, on time, the work to enable them to comply with this regime.

“The Government should acknowledge that these delays have made compliance more difficult to achieve within the prescribed timeframe.

“The Attorney-General should publicly commit that no action will be taken, come April next year, against any service provider that is genuinely working to comply with the regime, but has been disadvantaged by the slow pace of decision-making, “Mr Stanton said.


Internet of Things Network Goes Live in Sydney

The Federal Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield yesterday activated a new community Internet of Things (IoT) network at a major industry event in Sydney.

Minister Fifield was the keynote speaker at the inaugural IoT “State-of-the-Nation” workshop and networking event, attended by more than 200 stakeholders from industry, government, the start-up community, academia and the consumer sector.

The workshop, hosted by KPMG, showcased the diverse range of initiatives underway within the IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) – the peak body representing a diverse group of more than 125 organisations, dedicated to empowering industry to grow Australia’s competitive advantage through IoT.

The KPMG-IoTAA “Barangaroo Community” gateway is a partnership between KPMG, Meshed, IoTAA and International Towers Barangaroo, based on the LoRaWAN Open Standard for Low Power, Long Range IoT Deployments and will be globally connected to The Things Network.

Operating in the Industrial and Scientific Spectrum at 915MHz, the gateway will allow anyone within a 3-5km radius to connect their IoT devices for free – for prototyping, testing, solution development and learning.

The gateway will support up to 1000 IoT devices and is intended to help local companies, agencies, institutions and students to get on the IoT journey easily and “learn by doing”.

The IoT uses sensors, applications, communications, internet connectivity and analytics to convert real-world information into digital form. Analysis of these and the advent of IoT-related applications have the potential to revolutionise supply chains and entire industrial sectors and create efficiencies that will be genuine game-changers for those industries and economies that exploit it successfully.

Research undertaken for IoTAA projects shows that the IoT, if harnessed, has the potential to add up to $120 billion to the Australian economy by 2025.

“This represents an uplift of up to 2 per cent in Australia’s GDP across a range of environments including factories, retail outlets smart cities and homes, motor vehicles, other transport modes and even human health and fitness – IoT is a pervasive disruptor,” said Communications Alliance CEO and Chair of the IoTAA Executive Council, John Stanton.

“IoTAA’s mission is not only about grabbing opportunities – it is also about managing the risks to network integrity and personal privacy that could occur if we are not vigilant and well prepared.”

“A third arm of necessary activity is to review the Australian regulatory framework through an IoT lens – current regulations were typically not designed to cope with the requirements and challenges that IoT-based networks can present.”

“Now is the time for action!”, KPMG Partner for Technology, Media, Telecommunications and Chair of the IoTAA workstream that focusses on building a collaborative Australian IoT community, Chris McLaren, said.

“As a country we have the opportunity to be an IoT leader in areas of our choosing.

“Working together and in partnership with government we can lift our skills and develop world-leading IoT solutions to deliver immense long-term economic value that will benefit everyone.”

IoTAA was incorporated in July 2016, having emerged from the Communications Alliance IoT Think Tank, established in 2015. IoTAA is hosted and supported by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) at its Broadway Campus in Sydney.

IoTAA has six Workstreams. They are focused on:

  • Building a collaborative Australian IoT Community
  • Smart Cities and industry verticals that will benefit from IoT
  • Open data-sharing principles and privacy issues
  • Availability of spectrum for IoT
  • Network Resilience and Security; and
  • Fostering IoT Start-Ups in Australia

Further information about the work of IoTAA can be found in the Alliance’s current position paper: Seizing the Internet of Things Opportunity for Australia and at http://www.iot.org.au.


Comment Sought on Handling of Life Threatening and Unwelcome Communications Code (DR C525:2016)

Communications Alliance would like to invite public comments on the:

HANDLING OF LIFE THREATENING AND UNWELCOME COMMUNICATIONS CODE (DR C525:2016). Please refer to the below for further information.

The HANDLING OF LIFE THREATENING AND UNWELCOME COMMUNICATIONS CODE sets out standard procedures for the cooperative handling, including Communications Tracing, by Suppliers and the National Relay Service Provider (NRSP) of communications which traverse the network(s) of one or more Suppliers and are connected with Life Threatening Communications or a Pattern or Specified Number of Unwelcome Communications.

The changes made to the Code relate to:

  • patterns of Unwelcome Communications from a single A-Party using multiple communications paths to the same B-Party;
  • the need for rules and procedures for managing Unwelcome Communications to Helplines, by adding a new chapter; specifically, for Helplines;
  • handling Unwelcome Communications via an Over The Top service;
  • changes to reflect industry processes for improved management of Life Threatening and Unwelcome Communications as well as the development of new and emerging technologies; and
  • the need to clarify some of the existing Code content and greater clarity around the processes by inclusion of additional notes and flowcharts.

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.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

The Public Comment for the draft closes at 5:00pm (AEST) on Thursday 22nd September 2016.


Comment Sought on Connect Outstanding Code (DR C617:2016)

Communications Alliance would like to invite public comments on the:

CONNECT OUTSTANDING CODE (DR C617:2016). Please refer to the below for further information.

The Connect Outstanding Industry Code sets out procedures between Carriage Service Providers that provide timely connection of a New Occupant’s Access Service where a working Access Service has not been Cancelled at the Service Address and to ensure an appropriate balance between the rights of the New Occupant and the Previous Occupant.

The changes made to the Code relate to:

  • updates to the relevant reference documents;
  • the inclusion of new acronyms and definitions to cover legacy services and new nbn access technologies;
  • the creation of three distinct processes dependent on the access infrastructure being used, taking into consideration Legacy Services, ULLS and NBN based services;
  • the development of new process flowcharts;
  • the development of a request for release process; and
  • the creation of an access seeker FTTB/N migration contact list.

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.

All submissions received will be made publicly available on the Communications Alliance website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

The Public Comment for the draft closes at 5:00pm (AEST) on Friday 23rd September 2016.


New Member

Communications Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new member;

Digital 23 Pty Ltd

www.digital23.com.au

digital-23

Digital 23 is a private label virtual network operator partnering with known and trusted Australian retail brands to offer telecommunications and digital products to their customers and market niche. By partnering with Digital 23, retail brands can create new sales channels, enhance the loyalty of their customers, monetise their customer base and generate ancillary revenue streams for their brand.

Backed by a next-gen converged billing and customer care platform, contact center support for provisioning, sales and customer service, back office billing and operations, proven telecom domain expertise, and Australia’s most reliable carrier networks, Digital 23 offer a 360-degree virtual enterprise providing product, process, platform, people and end-to-end management to enable retail brands to launch their own branded MVNO, ISP or full-service Telco in Australia.


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