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Australia 'falling behind' APAC in developing technologies, says Telsoc chief Featured

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Reg Coutts, president TelSoc Reg Coutts, president TelSoc

The newly re-elected president of Australia’s Telecommunications Association (TelSoc), Reg Coutts, says Australia has fallen “somewhat behind” its APAC neighbours in recent years in developing the technologies that will be required to flourish in the 21st century.

Commenting after his reappointment to the Telsoc board - and the addition of two new Telsoc directors - Coutts said, “Australia is now at a cross road as we approach the completion of the National Broadband Network scheduled for mid-2020”.

“TelSoc will be pressing government and industry to focus on policies and products that improve our ability to compete.”

Tim Herring, the executive director said: “In the New Year we will be developing a new three year plan focussing on the future needs of the industry and how telecommunications needs to evolve and can best contribute to the economic and social development of Australia”.

Joining the board as vice-president is Laurie Patton, a former executive director of Internet Australia (a chapter of the global Internet Society) - and a former journalist and media executive who managed Channel Seven Sydney and regional network Seven Queensland. Patton also created the World Movies Pay-TV channel and was CEO of community station TVS (Television Sydney).

Anne Hurley, the new company secretary of Telsoc, is the founder and CEO of e-commerce business James&Co.

A member of the nominations committee for Internet domain names manager auDA, Hurley was formerly chair of Internet Australia. Starting her career as a lawyer, Hurley later moved into the telecommunications industry and became CEO of the Communications Alliance.

"Anne Hurley and I are delighted to be joining the board at a time when there is more need than ever for TelSoc to join with other industry and civil society groups in pressing the Government to fix the NBN,” said Patton.

“In our previous roles at Internet Australia we launched a campaign under the banner #BetterBroadband. We look forward to working with the other directors and members supporting TelSoc's mission is to provide a focus on telecommunications and its benefits to Australian economy".

Along with Coutts, continuing as directors of Telsoc are Tim Herring – treasurer and executive director, and Peter Elford, Greg Paynter and Craig Watkins, all directors.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year 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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