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Comms Annual Report 2014–15

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Comms Annual Report 2014–15

The Department of Communications promotes an innovative and competitive communications sector so Australians can realise the full potential of digital technologies and communications services.

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The Department of Communications promotes an innovative and competitive communications sector so Australians can realise the full potential of digital technologies and communications services.

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Established

The Digital Transform Office

The new Digital Transformation Office has been established to transform government service delivery to better meet the needs of all Australians.

Bureau of Communications Research

We established the Bureau of Communications Research to identify and analyse emerging market trends.

The Bureau’s work is improving our understanding of how the impacts of digitisation on productivity growth in the Australian economy are measured and understood. As part of this we have produced two Leading Indicators reports for the communications sector, a primer on digital productivity and two consultation papers.

Office of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner

The Government established the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner to provide national leadership in online safety for children and administer a complaints system for the rapid removal of cyber-bullying material from social media sites.

National Broadband Network

Figure Summary: Vertigan review identified 18 billion dollars in benefits for fixed lines, fixed wireless and satellite communications

National Broadband Network

Reviews of the National Broadband Network (NBN) have suggested how the Australian Government can make sure all Australians get access to high-speed broadband and the appropriate regulatory framework to promote competition.

The Vertigan Review provided three reports:

The review identified the net benefits from different approaches to rolling out the NBN and found that the multi-technology mix would provide $18 billion in benefits to the community and the economy.

We also took part in negotiations to amend commercial arrangements between NBN Co and Telstra, NBN Co and Optus, and Telstra and the Commonwealth relating to the NBN.

Online Safety

Online Safety

This year the website received 766,167 unique visitors.

The free Stay Smart Online Alert Service sends email and social media messages to more than 21,000 subscribers and 9,300 Facebook followers about current threats.

Mobile Black Spot Programme

Mobile Black Spot Programme

  • 500 Base stations
  • Now even more coverage
  • 5,700kms with extra coverage

Almost 500 [499] new or upgraded mobile base stations would be built around Australia under the $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.

These would provide new handheld coverage to 68,600 km2 and new external antenna coverage to over 150,000 km2, and over 5,700 km of major transport routes will receive new handheld or external antenna coverage.

Freeing up spectrum

Freeing up spectrum

  • 1,476 free-to-air digital television services
  • 20.4 million viewers retuning their televisions
  • 126 MHz largest digital UHF in the world

Following on from the successful digital television switchover process, the Restack Programme moved 1,476 free-to-air digital television services with 20.4 million viewers retuning their televisions.

The restack of broadcasting services out of the digital dividend spectrum was completed in November 2014. The digital dividend of 126 megahertz is the largest contiguous UHF digital dividend anywhere in the world.

The freed-up spectrum was available for new mobile and wireless broadband services from 1 January 2015.

Deregulation

Deregulation

  • More than 50 measures announced
  • $94 Million in estimated savings
  • 3,400 Pages of regulation removed

More than 50 measures aimed at reducing the compliance burden have been announced, generating over $94 million in estimated savings for businesses and consumers and removing over 3,400 pages of redundant or obsolete regulation.

Australia Post

Australia Post

The number of domestic letters sent by Australia Post per year has dropped by over one billion since 2008.

The Government has introduced reforms allowing Australia Post to introduce a two-speed letter service, which will help deliver a viable, quality postal service for future generations.