Issue No 23: 3 October 2019



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Comms Essentials - Consumer Data Right in the Telecommunications Sector

Wednesday 30 October 2019

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Joins us for our Comms Essentials event on the Consumer Data Right in the Telecommunications Sector.

Further details to follow.

When:Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 9.30am for 10:00am to 12:00pm

SYDNEY – Baker McKenzie, Level 46, Tower One, Barangaroo, Sydney
MELBOURNE – Baker McKenzie, Level 19, 181 William Street

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Complaints to the TIO Fall by More than 20%

Communications Alliance welcomes today’s Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) annual report, showing that complaints decreased by 21.1% compared to last year.

“We are pleased to see that complaints decreased in every state, and for all of the providers listed in the report,” said John Stanton, CEO Communications Alliance.

“There has been significant work over the past two years by Industry to improve the customer experience, including – but certainly not limited to – nbn co and RSPs achieving better communication and coordination for consumers and businesses as they migrate services to nbn-based networks.

“The commencement of the ACMA’s consumer experience rules in July 2018, and the TIO’s ongoing work with service providers, also contributed to the improvement seen in the report.

“The TIO report highlights the growth of complex complaints, which leave some customers with issues unresolved for too long; pointing to the need for redoubled effort by service providers and the Ombudsman.

“A stronger and improved Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) industry Code came into effect on 1 August and we believe this will also contribute to ongoing improvement in complaint volumes.

The TCP Code is an Industry Code, created by Communications Alliance and stakeholders representing consumers, Government and industry. It is enforced by the regulator, and thus provides mandatory protections for all consumers.

“In addition, the first expanded Complaints in Context report will be published by Communications Alliance at the beginning of November, showing directly comparable customer service performance results for the majority of the telco market in the most recent quarter.”

The Complaints in Context report will now include results for the top 10 TIO complaint recipients. It is published on a quarterly basis.

New approaches to the Sharing of Radiocommunications Spectrum

The Communications Alliance Satellite Services Working Group has made a submission to the ACMA’s Information Paper on Spectrum sharing - Overview and new approaches.

In the response, the SSWG acknowledges that dynamic spectrum sharing could offer some benefits to the satellite industry but concern is noted as to whether a dynamic shared spectrum regime will give the satellite industry access to new spectrum in a way that will sustain most business models. The submission highlights many uncertainties, for example with respect to the implementation of dynamic spectrum sharing, practical limitations around spectrum sensing techniques, the management and operation of geolocation databases, and security and integrity challenges.

New Members

Communications Alliance is pleased to welcome the following new member:

Circles Australia



Circles.Life is a mobile virtual network operator. It applies a cloud-based business model, using Circles-X technology to automate telco systems and cut operational costs by 95%. Circles. Life delivers a customizable mobile service (voice, data, roaming) that users can manage through the Circles.Life app.

IoT Impact 2019


NEW: The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Customer Service NSW, has just been confirmed as the opening plenary speaker and will launch the NSW IoT Policy Framework.

FOR MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION/TICKETS: https://www.iotimpact.com.au/

Buy your ticket now and get a 10% discount by quoting this code: CA2019EC
But hurry, discount offer ends 13 September 2019!
Date:15-16 October 2019
WhereHyatt Regency Sydney
Register: Register-now

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