Comms Connect Melbourne 2023 will feature six pre-conference workshops on October 17, brought to you by our Association partners, ARCIA and ACCF. BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE –discounts apply to Comms Connect conference delegates.

Stream 1 – ARCIA

9:00am-12.30pm (includes morning tea)

Fee: $499+ GST workshop only, $449+ GST delegate fee


Presenter: Simon Lardner, Head of Wireless, Vocus

This course will provide students with the skills to be able to outline the key elements and components of a typical wireless broadband communication system. Students will be able to develop the block diagrams and system elements for designing a basic system and demonstrate the expected requirements and outcomes of such a system, both in basic and extended formats.

On completion students will be able to understand and identify the various elements associated with system design, including the relevant spectrum sectors that are associated with wireless broadband and understand the potential outcomes that a relevant to all options that are applicable.

Certification: There will be no assessment or certification for this course however learners will receive a certificate of participation.




1.30pm-5.00pm (includes afternoon tea)

Fee: $499+ GST workshop only, $449+ GST delegate fee


Presenter: Eddie Stephanou, Regional Technical Manager, Cambium Networks

Whether you are new to microwave and planning fundamentals or you are looking for a refresher, this workshop will provide you with an up-to-date overview on microwave radio planning that will assist you in planning and deployment efforts. This is an interactive session where you will also have the opportunity to ask questions on all things microwave during this live session.

The workshop will cover:

– Microwave Fundamentals

– Availability and Performance Objectives

– Industry Myths – Getting back on track

– Using planning tools to bring it all together

– Q&A


Stream 2 – ACCF

9:30am-12.15pm (includes morning tea)

Fee: $299+ GST workshop only, $249+ GST delegate fee

Workshop: Mission Critical Broadband Standards, Security and Satellite Services. – Users and Suppliers including user cases.

09.30Opening of WorkshopJonathan Brine, co-Chair ACCF
 Status and progress of 3GPP standards & Interworking  Kevin Graham, TCCA CEO
 Cyber Security, Challenges and SolutionsNeha Dhyani,  Senior Security Advisor
Bhuvneshwar Tyagi,  Cybersecurity Architect NOKIA
 Low Earth Orbit Satellite Communications Transforming Australia’s Connectivity LandscapeAshley Neale, Space and Satellite Vocus Pty Limited
 Public Safety – Anywhere CommunicationsBrett Pearson, Assistant Manager Radio and Electronics Services West Australian Police
 Public Safety Mobile Broadband MandateDavid Morrant, Director Stakeholder Engagement, NSW Telecom Authority
 Q&A – Panel Discussions        Convenor: Jonathan Brine
Panel Participants: David Morrant (NSW TA)
Bradley Creevey (NEMA)
Brett Pearson (WA Police)
Neha Dhyani (Nokia)
Bhuvneshwar Tyagi (Nokia)
Kevin Graham (TCCA)
Ashley Neale (Vocus)  
12.15Conclusion AM Workshop 



1.15pm-4.30pm (includes afternoon tea)

Fee: $299+ GST workshop only, $249+ GST delegate fee

Workshop: Learning from International Mission Critical Broadband Deployments – Government and Private Industry.

13.15Introduction to “Lessons from critical broadband deployment”Kevin Graham, CEO TCCA
 Priority Cellular Services for New Zealand PSNLincoln Mackay, Head of Technology, Hourua New Zealand
 Progress of FirstNet USA   Jeff Bratcher, CTO FirstNet USA
 Working towards a National Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) in CanadaPhil Crnko, Engineering Adviser Halton Regional Police Service Canada
Australian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) – taskforce, background and objectivesBradley Creevey, Assistant Coordinator General, Operational Capability Branch (PSMB Task Force Lead)
 Driving Public Safety Broadband Technology innovation- Practical demonstrations- Lidar Scanning, Augmented Reality Tracking Visualisation, Mobile Fingerprint Scanning and Incident Command Dashboard for Public SafetyDerrek Orr, Brianna Huettel Simon Ledgerwood NIST/PSCR USA  
 Private LTE/5G driving innovation & deployments- partnering with telco’sJulian Gorman, Head of GSMA-APAC
 EU Critical Comms Projects: Beyond BroadNet/Map project and EU MC initiativesAndreas Heschl, Head of Public Safety Product Management, Frequentis
 Critical Comms Projects: France RRF and Middle East  Selim Bouri – Vice President MENA and APAC Airbus
 Open (Q&A) panel with the speakers Topics: Global perspective and the Future mission critical MCX / 3GPP standard position forming, spectrum needs  Convenor: Kevin Graham
Panellists: Jeff Bratcher (FirstNet USA)
Derrek Orr (PSCR/NIST USA)
Phil Crnko (PSBN Canada)  
Lincoln Mackay (Hourua NZ)
Julian Gorman (GSMA), Andreas Heschl (Frequentis) Selim Bouri (Airbus)
Gosta Kallner (450 Alliance)
16:45Workshop concludes 


Stream 3 – ARCIA

8:30am-12.30pm (includes morning tea)

Fee: $499+ GST workshop only, $449+ GST delegate fee


Presenter: Chris Stevens, Managing Director CartGIS and Vice-President ARCIA

Learner Level                     This course is designed for students with basic knowledge of land mobile radio technology and systems. An understanding of how frequencies, antennas systems and transmitters and receivers work is preferred.

Course Objectives           This course introduces the student to the P25 digital land mobile radio standard. Modules include a high-level overview of the P25 digital radio standard as a transmission media including the TIA standards, modulation, vocoders, channel access. An introduction to the P25 standard will be covered including Phase 1 & 2, conventional and trunked system, encryption, system components (e.g., RFSS, ISSI, CSSI etc).

The information is introductory in nature and designed for all audiences, however a basic understanding of radio communications would be beneficial.

Certification                       There will be no assessment or certification for this course however learners will receive a certificate of participation.

Digital Radio Systems

P-25 (APCO Project 25)



1.30pm-5.00pm (includes afternoon tea)

Fee: $299+ GST workshop only, $249+ GST delegate fee


Moderated by: Chris Stevens Managing Director CartGIS & ARCIA Vice President

International Guest speaker: Ms Chery Giggetts, Principal Consultant, CTA Consulting

Speaker panel: TBC

Workshop Overview

Despite predictions by government bureaucrats and industry pundits past years regarding the imminent demise of Land Mobile Radio (LMR) used by Australia’s Public Safety Agencies and its replacement by public safety mobile broadband (PSMB) networks, LMR remains the key technology platform for mission critical voice communications used by these Agencies and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

Ongoing investment in LMR in Australia and New Zealand continues, with the recent launch of the new $763M Tasmanian Government Radio Network and the decision by the New Zealand Government to develop a Public Safety Network (PSN) incorporating an upgrade of its existing LMR network to be used in conjunction with a new PSMB capability, using New Zealand’s mobile carrier networks.

Importantly in the USA investment in LMR continues to be underpinned by parallel investment over the past 35 years in the on-going development and maintenance of the P25 Standard for LMR through collaboration between the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the manufacturers and vendors that it represents, in conjunction with advice regarding the operational needs of First Responders using the P25 governance arrangements within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The on-going Australian and New Zealand investment in LMR reinforces the need for an increased level of understanding in the use of  the P25 Standards in LMR based communications capabilities and capacities across Australian States and Territories underpinned by the P25 governance arrangements used to produce the Standard, its overall strategic direction; the lessons to be learned from the use of the Standard in the USA; and the opportunity for the “End Users” of P25 products to have input to the on-going development of the Standard.

The Workshop will be a valuable forerunner to a presentation to be made about the P25 Standard as part of the Comms Connect Conference which will be followed by a Panel Session to discuss the current and future use of the P25 Standard in Australia and New Zealand.

Workshop Objectives