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RadComms 2016: Discovery, disruption and demand

From superfast broadband to driverless vehicles, a new generation of satellites to the fast approaching introduction of 5G, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to smart cities, RadComms 2016 promises to provide a timely and sometimes challenging platform to focus on the future of spectrum management.

With its theme of Enabling innovation, RadComms 2016 will held in Sydney from 9-10 March and boasts one of the biggest line-up of expert speakers to come together since the event began in 2007, further confirming its reputation as Australia’s leading spectrum management conference.

The Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, will deliver the keynote address. Houlin Zhao of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will also speak, marking his first visit to Australia as ITU Secretary-General. Mr Zhao will be introduced by Chris Chapman, in his then capacity as the President-elect of the International Institute of Communications.

Other speakers include Vodafone’s Dan Lloyd; Dr Anne Byrne, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; Dr Ray Owen from Nokia; and Catherine Caruana-McManus and Dr Michael Brier from the IoT Alliance.

As well as a range of ACMA presenters, industry groups will be represented by Free TV’s Julie Flynn; Commercial Radio Australia’s Joan Warner; and John Stanton from Communications Alliance.

There will also be speakers from the Royal Australian Air Force, Inmarsat, Austroads and The Centre for International Economics.

Former Chief Executive of News Corporation Australia and FOXTEL, Kim Williams, will deliver a keynote speech about broadcasting and digital disruption, while Productivity Commissioner Jonathon Coppel and Steven Tsikaris from the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance will discuss the final report by the Productivity Commission on Public Safety Mobile Broadband.

The full list of RadComms 2016 speakers and final agenda is available here.

Register here today to guarantee your place and an opportunity to engage with this year’s exciting line-up of speakers.

In line with the ACMA’s focus on spectrum management, RadComms 2016 will be preceded by an industry debriefing on the outcomes of WRC-15 on Tuesday 8 March and followed by a 400/803-960 MHz Tune-Up on Friday 11 March.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or media@acma.gov.au

Media release 9/2016 - 16 February


RadComms—now in its tenth year—is the leading spectrum management conference in Australia. It is the only event where radiocommunications stakeholders can mix and mingle with key decision-makers while hearing about spectrum developments from government, industry and the ACMA.

RadComms 2016 will include presentations from private and public sector experts, along with high-level government, industry and academic speakers.

The theme for RadComms 2016 is Spectrum reform—Enabling innovation. With the outcomes of the Spectrum Review announced in August 2015 and the World Radiocommunications Conference held in November 2015, RadComms 2016 will provide a timely, unique and stimulating opportunity to engage with stakeholders about spectrum reform initiatives, spectrum management and its use.

The high level program sessions are:

Mobile broadband
Focused on both the ACMA’s mobile broadband strategy and the final report to Government by the Productivity Commission on Public Safety Mobile Broadband.

Seizing opportunity—Fostering innovation
A look at emerging and innovative technologies in the spectrum area, including 5G and small satellites.

Broadcasting and superfast broadband
How will technology and business models evolve in and around traditional broadcasting?

Policy reform—Framework for the future
Implementing the government’s spectrum reform agenda.

Smart everything
A range of spectrum-related developments framed around the maturity of the Internet of Things.

Innovation as usual
The traditional end of conference ACMA wrap-up where we report on recent achievements and set out our priorities for the year ahead, interleaved with industry speakers who will be able to provide their perspective on both recent developments and work in progress.

Last updated: 09 November 2017