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RadComms2014: a world of spectrum

Autonomous robotic intelligence, drones, driverless trains and trucks, machine to machine industrial communications, the introduction of hybrid broadband TV and growing tensions—locally and internationally—on the impact of mobile broadband demands on spectrum management are just some of the challenging topics to be discussed at this year’s RadComms2014.

With its theme of Spectrum rebooted – taking stock, the forum—running 10-11 September in Sydney—will provide a unique opportunity to hear about the change, challenges and choices facing the radiocommunications sector.

ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman, will open RadComms2014 and the Minister for Communications, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, will deliver the keynote address.

This year’s event also boasts an impressive line-up of overseas and local expert speakers.

Giving an international perspective on innovation in spectrum management are representatives from Ofcom, Industry Canada and New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Talking about innovation driving productivity in technology and applications will be speakers from Rio Tinto, the Seven Network, V-Tol Aerospace and the Department of Defence.

Representatives from Free TV Australia, Communications Alliance, the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association, Taggle Systems, the Bureau of Meteorology and CIMB Securities are also speaking.

This will culminate on the second day with an afternoon devoted to the government’s review of spectrum policy and regulation, with contributions from the Department of Communications, Telstra and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.

The full list of RadComms2014 speakers and final agenda is available here.

There are just several weeks to go and places at Radcomms2014 are selling fast. Register here today to guarantee your place and an opportunity to engage with this year’s exciting line-up of speakers.

Upon registering you will be given access to an ACMA-designed conference app providing a full suite of functionality that will make participating in RadComms2014 more interactive than ever before.

You can learn more about spectrum here.

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

Media release 50/2014 - 25 August



RadComms is an annual event organised by the ACMA since 2007. It has a specific focus on spectrum management issues and attracts a wide range of experts and users within the sector. It is well established as the leading spectrum management conference in Australia.

The focus of the six session topics for RadComms2014 will be on issues that will assist in shaping the future of spectrum management in Australia. The timing of this conference intersects with a number of developments and achievements, namely:

>      completing the national switchover from analog to digital television

>      realising the digital dividend available in the 700 MHz band as a result of the switchover and allocating it for use for 4G technologies and services

>      publishing the results of spectrum research studies highlighting the economic benefits to Australia of the increasing take-up and use of mobile broadband technologies by consumers and business

>      the emergence of new uses and users of spectrum, including the increased proliferation of ‘smart’ applications and devices; and

>      a review of the spectrum policy and management framework having been recently announced by the Government.

The intent of this year’s conference is to take stock of what now needs to be achieved in the next phase of challenges and opportunities facing spectrum management...and, to accomplish that, what now needs to be ‘rebooted’. It is expected that discussion will be generated on a number of issues, including:

>      How can spectrum regulation be a key driver of growth, innovation and productivity?

>      How does the changing regulatory landscape affect how we manage and license radiocommunications in the future?

>      What are the current reform initiatives for radiocommunications regulation and how can they encourage technology evolution and improve competition?

>      What opportunities exist for moving spectrum to its highest value use and providing greater access to spectrum?

Last updated: 26 July 2017