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The Communications Minister and ITU Secretary-General both to give keynote addresses at RadComms 2016

The Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, will deliver the keynote address at RadComms 2016, the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s annual spectrum forum that will be held in Sydney from 9-10 March.

Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Houlin Zhao, will also speak at RadComms 2016. This will be Mr Zhao’s first visit to Australia as Secretary-General and his only public engagement.

Former Chief Executive of News Corporation Australia and FOXTEL, Kim Williams, will also deliver a keynote speech about broadcasting and digital disruption, while Productivity Commissioner Jonathon Coppel will also speak to the final report by the Commission on Public Safety Mobile Broadband.

‘The theme of RadComms 2016 is Spectrum Reform-Enabling Innovation, which couldn’t be more appropriate at a time of on-going but major re-assessment of priorities for spectrum management over the next few years,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.

‘The ACMA’s mobile broadband strategy, the Productivity Commission report on Public Safety Mobile Broadband, implementing the outcomes of the spectrum review and the impact of superfast streaming on broadcasting and associated industries are just some of the fascinating challenges that the ACMA and the industry will again face this year.'

RadComms 2016 will also provide the opportunity to find out about a range of emerging and innovative developments and technologies, including 5G and Intelligent Transport Systems.

The RadComms 2016 program will be released shortly. Sign up here for updates and news. Register here for RadComms 2016 before tickets close on 29 February.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please see the Backgrounder below or contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or

Media release 3/2016 - 3 February


RadComms—now in its tenth year—is the leading spectrum management conference in Australia. It is the only event where radiocommunications stakeholders can mix and mingle with key decision-makers while hearing about spectrum developments from government, industry and the ACMA.

RadComms 2016 will include presentations from private and public sector experts, along with high-level government, industry and academic speakers.

The theme for RadComms 2016 is Spectrum Reform–Enabling Innovation. With the outcomes of the Spectrum Review announced in August 2015 and the World Radiocommunications Conference held in November 2015, RadComms 2016 will provide a timely, unique and stimulating opportunity to engage with stakeholders about spectrum reform initiatives, spectrum management and its utilisation.

The high level program sessions are:

Mobile Broadband
Focussed on both the ACMA’s mobile broadband strategy and the final report to Government by the Productivity Commission on Public Safety Mobile Broadband.

Seizing Opportunity – Fostering Innovation
A look at emerging and innovative technologies in the spectrum area, including 5G and small satellites.

Broadcasting and Superfast Broadband

How will technology and business models evolve in and around traditional broadcasting?

Policy Reform – Framework for the Future
Implementing the government’s spectrum reform agenda.

Smart Everything
A range of spectrum-related developments framed around the maturity of the Internet of Things.

Innovation as Usual
The traditional end of conference ACMA wrap-up where we report on recent achievements and set out our priorities for the year ahead, interleaved with industry speakers who will be able to provide their perspective on both recent achievements and work in progress.

Last updated: 07 November 2018