Reg Coutts regularly writes on telecommunications issues
for the Australian media. The following are a selection of
his published articles.
CSIRO - Brave defender of Aussie innovation?
On May 30th this year the CSIRO celebrated an early
favourable decision defending its 1996 patent covering
the OFDM technology in the popular IEEE 802.11a WLAN
products sold by Intel and others. What can we taken from this?
On April 28th this year Nokia settled with US based InterDigital
for $US253 million in disputed royalty payments on its
TDMA/TDD patents of the mid 1080’s. One of the issues of
contention was whether Telecom Australia’s DRCS system
of 1980 constituted prior art!
- Exchange 9 June 2006
Telstra finally has a 3G mobile network strategy!
While there was an initial negative reaction to Telstra's plan to close the CDMA network and replace it with WCDMA the strategy warrants disscusion because it means that customers in the bush now have the prospect of 3G mobile services like their city cousins.
- Exchange 9 Dec 2005
The operator's dilemma - which way wireless?
Reg Coutts warns players contemplating the options created by the explosion of broadband wireless technologies to learn from recent history and, "be wary of rosy certainties peddled by corporate marketing departments or some consultants".
- Exchange 16 Sep 2005
The $32 billion Telstra sales and the "Bush" debate
Reg Coutts argues that there are imaginative but effective options to meet the needs of the Bush, enhance competition and achieve potential economic returns for the nation.
- Exchange 11 Aug 2005
Mobile taming - jammers?
Reg Coutts issues a call for collaborative action from industry and government(s) to curb the illegal or inappropriate use of mobile phones.
- Exchange 17 June 2005
Restructuring Telstra would confer a ‘dividend’ worth more than the cost of implementing it,
write Simon Molloy and Reg Coutts.
- Financial Review 23 Feb 2005
Innovation the Australian way!
Reg Coutts reflects on moves to sell Australian developed SpectruCell software-defined radio technology offshore: the latest chapter in a four year saga of the developer’s attempts to cash in on its ‘world-leading technology.'
- Exchange 8 Oct 2004 Page 1 & Page 2
The USO policy debate
Reg Coutts says of DCITA’s 300 page review of the USO: “Never has so much money, elapsed time and Herculean ‘econoclactic’ effort been spent on a policy that is nearly half a century out of date to come up with a recommendation for the bleeding obvious – get Telstra to just do it."
- Exchange 20 Aug 2004
Fixed mobile integration - The Holy Grail!
July 2004 saw the announcement by ‘six telecommunications giants’ of the Fixed – Mobile Convergence Alliance (FMCA) to be lead initially by that user-centred telco pussy cat of the industry British Telecom (BT), which will lead the charge to allow users seamless use of their fixed and cellular phone. Reg Coutts is somewhat sceptical about BT’s claims to have our needs (as opposed to dollars) at heart.
- Exchange 6 Aug 2004
A truly wireless phone?
Vodafone is touting its latest tariff packages as an enticement to users to disconnect their fixed phone lines and go fully mobile. As Reg Coutts recounts, this idea is almost as old ad the cellphone industry and, he argues, still nowhere near becoming a reality.
- Exchange 23 Jul 2004
Interview with Reg Coutts, by Liz Fell
Dr Reg Coutts has been influential in guiding the development and growth of the mobile communications…
- Telecommunication Journal of Australia Vol 53