ATCCF becomes ACCF to align with global standards

By Jonathan Nally
Wednesday, 28 November, 2018

ATCCF becomes ACCF to align with global standards

The 17th AGM and dinner of the Australasian TETRA and Critical Communications Forum was held coincident with Comms Connect Melbourne last week, at which a name change was approved — the organisation is now the Australasian Critical Communications Forum (ACCF).

The name change was unanimously supported by the organisation’s membership, and is based on an updated charter to support all global open standards.

Those standards continue to include digital LMR standard TETRA, but now also encompass DMR, P25 and all the 3GPP/ETSI broadband and mission-critical broadband standards (LTE/4G and 5G).

The move therefore recognises the technology expertise and investment of the ACCF’s members in support of mission-critical non-proprietary, international ‘open’ wireless communication standards.

It also enables the ACCF and its members to drive and support technology developments, particularly with relation to the development of open standards for mission-critical broadband.

The AGM saw the re-election of the extant board of directors, and two additional board members/directors were confirmed — Sohan Domingo (Nokia) and Roger Kane (Vicom).

The ACCF also recently welcomed Nokia as a member and Radlink Communications was confirmed as the first corporate sponsor.

Many ACCF and TCCA members were in attendance at Comms Connect Melbourne, including international leaders Tony Gray (TCCA CEO) and Tero Pesonen (Chairman of TCCA Critical Communications Broadband Working Group).

A number of Finnish TCCA members were also present and participated in several speaker sessions and a panel. Their presence came in conjunction with Comms Connect’s first-ever country pavilion. Around a dozen companies from Finland were present, with the country’s ambassador to Australia in attendance.

“The ACCF board and members commend the WFevents organising team on an excellent Comms Connect conference,” said Kevin Graham, ACCF Director and Secretary. “The event grows bigger and better each year and the local and international line-up was outstanding this year.

“The ACCF workshop and 3GPP update was well attended and ACCF appreciated the interest from all delegates and their proactive engagement during these sessions.”

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