Last year he chaired the ASTEC Future Needs 2010 study which produced a report "Surf's Up: Alternative Futures for Full Service Networks in Australia", so has a broad knowledge of both the Australian and international scene, including policies. The study covered social, economic and educational issues, as well as technology and the science which underpins it.
 
At present the Australian Government (and the previous Government) is making policy decisions on telecommunications without the benefit of advice from people who are leaders in the development of technology. Advice is coming predominantly from economists. It is vitally important that the advances being made in the technologies which underpin telecommunications, including photonics, is known by those developing policy, and those who decide policy. The role of the media in informing decision makers is also vital. A further need is to communicate Australia's R&D capacity in telecommunications technology to industry, including SME's. Telecommunications is one of Australia's fastest growing industries, and to keep a competitive edge internationally, must feed upon the innovation coming out of universities, CSIRO and Cooperative Research Centres
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Policies and challenges for telecommunications - Australia, the World

Mark Sceats  

Last year he chaired the ASTEC Future Needs 2010 study which produced a report "Surf's Up: Alternative Futures for Full Service Networks in Australia", so has a broad knowledge of both the Australian and international scene, including policies. The study covered social, economic and educational issues, as well as technology and the science which underpins it.
 
At present the Australian Government (and the previous Government) is making policy decisions on telecommunications without the benefit of advice from people who are leaders in the development of technology. Advice is coming predominantly from economists. It is vitally important that the advances being made in the technologies which underpin telecommunications, including photonics, is known by those developing policy, and those who decide policy. The role of the media in informing decision makers is also vital. A further need is to communicate Australia's R&D capacity in telecommunications technology to industry, including SME's. Telecommunications is one of Australia's fastest growing industries, and to keep a competitive edge internationally, must feed upon the innovation coming out of universities, CSIRO and Cooperative Research Centres

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