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A new code designed to improve the performance of next-generation broadband systems in Australia — including NBN-based services — has been released for public comment by the Communications Alliance.

CA, the peak body for the telecoms industry, says the code is aimed at improving the consumer experience of Australians using next generation and legacy broadband services, including:

Minimising performance-draining interference between multiple telecommunications systems that are deployed alongside one another;

Protecting the performance of legacy systems such as ADSL2+ during the 18-month ‘coexistence period’ – i.e. the transition period that occurs in each roll-out area, when legacy systems and NBN-based services are both in play, until the legacy services are eventually switched off;

Fostering greater competition in the deployment of next generation services by telecommunications carriers and service providers;

Ensuring minimum performance levels for certain next generation systems; and

Paving the way for technology upgrades such as NBN’s planned introduction of a new high-speed technology known as

After completion of the consultation process and further revision, CA will submit the code to the industry regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, for consideration for registration.

The draft code has been created by a CA working committee of industry experts, led by Peter Cooke from Telstra.

CA says the code will require companies that are deploying next generation systems to cooperate in good faith, in particular by managing the power levels on the deployed services so as to avoid interfering with other nearby services.

CA chief executive John Stanton said, “Industry has come together to tackle some very complex technical issues and provide solutions that will benefit Australian communications consumers, both during the 18-month co-existence period and over the longer term”.

“The code will help ensure that the government’s performance goals for NBN-based services will be met, while also facilitating greater competition and paving a smoother transition to future services.”

The draft code will remain open for public comment for 35 days before seeking CA board approval and referring it to the ACMA for consideration for registration.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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