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Issue No 20: 24 July 2017


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  • Comms Essentials - Fraud and Mobile Payments: 2 August 2017 - Register here

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2017 ACOMM AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

COMMUNICATIONS AMBASSADOR – ALEXANDER OSBORNE
For sustained and valuable contributions to co-regulation in Australian telecommunications, and the work of Communications Alliance, over two decades.

INNOVATION - LARGE COMPANY - TELSTRA AND ERICSSON
For Telstra’s new Gigabit capable LTE network – enabled by Ericsson - in selected locations sets a new standard for wireless connectivity.

INNOVATION - SME - TELCOINABOX
For their Cloud Sales Assist. CSA is a fully white labelled program, designed to enable and encourage small and micro telecommunications service providers to transition their businesses from traditional telcos to fully fledged Cloud/OTT service providers.

VENDOR INNOVATION - LARGE - TELSTRA
For their Global Cloud Service that gives customers the option to design their own cloud environment.

VENDOR INNOVATION - EMERGING - MYNETFONE
For PULSE, an enterprise-level call management solution designed to intelligently manage and disperse unpredictable surges in traffic, depending on the quantity and location of incoming calls.

INTERNET OF THINGS INNOVATOR - HUAWEI AND VODAFONE
For Narrowband IoT. Narrowband IoT is building the world’s first fully digitised water network. Huawei and its carrier partners have NB-IoT enabled 20 mobile base stations – while Vodafone is rolling out NB-IoT to their customers in Spain, due to the huge success of its initial trials.

COMMITMENT TO CUSTOMER SERVICE - OPTUS
For creating extensive digital resources to offer customers a broad range of service options to assist with simple tasks - to the most complex of issues.

SERVICES TO THE INDUSTRY, PROFESSIONAL SERVICES - CYIENT
For the Cyient Graduate Program & Western Sydney University Partnership. An exclusive engineering partnership which aims to upskill future leaders

BEST MOBILE SOLUTION - TELSTRA
For breaking speed records with their Nighthawk M1 mobile broadband hotspot and their new Gigabit capable LTE network.

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION - AUSSIE BROADBAND
For their Grass Roots program. Supporting local communities - with specific support to the Latrobe Valley in the wake of the Hazelwood Power Station closure.

SATELLITE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR AWARD - PIVOTEL SATELLITE
For their Big Bundle, a world-first solution aimed at reducing operating costs for mobile satellite users and increasing the accessibility of satellite communication technology.

BEST MARKETING INITIATIVE - OPTUS
For their partnership with the Australian Olympic and Paralympic Committee that launched one of the longest corporate commitments to the Australian Olympic movement - successfully tapping into the emotion and love for the Olympics and Australian Olympians.

SPECIAL AWARD - IOTAA IMPACT AWARD - WATERGROUP
WaterGroup is having a direct impact on the adoption of IoT by delivering innovative, sustainable solutions with clear return on investment that saves water and money, and by working in successful partnerships with universities, utilities, councils and government in the smart water metering space.

Media Release


Communications Alliance / AMTA Joint Submission to the Department of Communications and the Arts on Possible amendments to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities


Communications Alliance and AMTA have made a joint submission in response to the Department of Communications and the Arts consultation paper on Possible amendments to telecommunications carrier powers and immunities. The consultation paper relates to proposed amendments of the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 1997, the Telecommunications Code of Practice 1997 and potentially, Schedule 3 to the Telecommunications Act 1997 (the Act).

In the submission, Communications Alliance and AMTA strongly support the majority of proposed amendments, noting the benefits to the community, government and industry by way of flexibility in network deployment, reduced regulatory burden and the ability to meet the needs of consumers at lower cost.

Where necessary, the submission has sought to make comment on some of the proposed amendments to add further detail or clarification which will improve the effectiveness of the proposed amendments in achieving the overall objectives described in the consultation paper.

Toward a New Data Ethics Framework

Data analytics – particularly where data sets are shared between organisations - is a rapidly growing field that promises to greatly improve our understanding of trends and behaviours that shape our present and future existence.

Ensuring that shared-data projects do not improperly disclose personal information nor cause other detriment to the owners of data that are being analysed, is a complex business.

In a major new paper, Communications Alliance Member and founder of Data Synergies, Peter Leonard, critically examines the current privacy assessment framework and finds it wanting in several key respects.

Mr Leonard proposes the development of a new framework for phased assessment of data analytics projects, designed to deliver greater efficiency and promote trust, fairness and transparency, while also guarding against discrimination.

The full paper, prepared for the NSW Data Analytics Centre Showcase, held earlier this month, is available here.


Comms Essentials – Fraud and Mobile Payments

Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Background:

This Communications Alliance Comms Essentials seminar will focus on fraud committed using a mobile device and mobile payments more generally.

Given consumers’ increasing preference to use mobile devices for all kinds of everyday activities, it is not surprising that these devices are also being used to commit or attempt to commit fraud, particularly for financial transactions.

Also of interest for our industry is the arrival of the New Payments Platform with the launch targeted for November 2017. The new platform will enable real-time clearing and settlement for simple or complex payment solutions, between two people or between many different parties. It is expected that a large number of financial institutions and other organisations will connect to the platform over time.

Fraud, ID theft and mobile payments, the way they relate to each other and what can be done to minimise the former while facilitating the latter is a topic of priority for the telecommunications industry. An informed debate will assist all stakeholders to move into a more secure mobile payments future.

Who should attend:

Communications Alliance members.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A MEMBERS AND SELECTED STAKEHOLDERS EVENT ONLY.

Program:

“Fraud using a mobile phone: how, when, who – an overview”
Speaker: David Pegley, Managing Director, Australian Financial Crimes Exchange
Speaker: Detective Acting Superintendent Matt Craft, Acting Commander of the NSW Police Force’s Fraud and Cybercrime Squad

“New Payments Platform – what is it and what will it mean?”
Speaker: Adrian Lovney, Chief Executive Officer, NPP Australia

“Liability issues for telecoms providers for fraud and identity theft”
Speaker: Patrick Fair, Partner, Baker McKenzie

Q&A
Facilitator: John Stanton, CEO, Communications Alliance

When: Wednesday, 2nd August 2017
Where: Sydney - Baker McKenzie, Level 27, AMP Centre, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney
Melbourne - Baker & McKenzie, Level 19, 181 William Street, Melbourne is a video link to Sydney
Register: Here

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A MEMBERS AND SELECTED STAKEHOLDERS EVENT ONLY.


 Tech23


Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) is Now Accepting Applications

Application deadline is 2 September 2017 by 2:00 PM EAST

Young-Scholar-Program-18

PTC’s Young Scholar Program (YSP) is designed to recognize, encourage, and support up-and-coming scholars in the field of information and communication technologies. Selected participants will be invited to present their research at PTC’s 40th anniversary conference.

Applications are now being accepted for PTC's 2018 YSP.  PTC's YSP offers promising young scholars the opportunity to:

  • Present their research in a high-visibility academic and industry forum
  • Engage in research discussions with esteemed academic faculty
  • Participate in PTC'18 activities
  • Gain exposure to current industry issues and trends
  • Meet PTC'18 attendees to share ideas, gain new insights, and identify practical research applications
  • Network with industry professionals, members of international organizations and NGOs, government officials, and academics from more than 75 countries
To learn more about the YSP program, please email youngscholars@ptc.org.or click here.

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