Australia’s largest communications innovation cooperative, Acacia Communications, has confirmed that it has reduced the contract-level contact requirement for communication projects to a minimum of one per organisation.
The move comes after the organisation revealed earlier this year that it was hiring about half a million new workers, bringing its total workforce to about 3 million.
In response to Acacia’s announcement, the Communication Industry Association (CIA), which represents the Australian telecommunications industry, called for further reforms to the existing contact requirements.
“There’s a growing trend in the communications industry in Australia that’s been happening for a long time and it’s not something that’s really going away,” CIA managing director John Collins told Al Jazeera.
“We know that the current regulations in Australia are not conducive to the growth of new technologies in the telecommunications sector, particularly when it comes to the delivery of communication services to people.”
In order to keep pace with changing technology, and with the fact that we’ve had a number of high-profile examples of communication technologies that have come onto the market in recent years, it’s important that we have an environment in which those technologies can be used properly.
“If we don’t have an adequate environment in place, we may well have to rely on other means to deliver services.”‘
The whole system is going backwards’According to the CIA, the organisation has seen a decline in the number of projects that it is actively engaged with since it started to see projects that required higher levels of support in 2014.
Acacia’s new contract-based requirements, it said, “will be a significant step in improving the efficiency of communications and communication services, with a reduction in overall communication requirements for all projects”.
The organisation is now looking at ways to increase the contact requirement to a level that is more appropriate to the size of the organisation.
“Our communication services are already very expensive and there are limits to how much money can be invested in them and we have to look at the opportunities for increasing the quality of the service, so that we can deliver better quality services,” Collins said.
“That’s why we have started to look for ways to introduce a new contract based requirement in the industry.”
Acacia Communications chief executive and executive director Ian Taylor said the organisation was not looking to raise the contract level, but said it was “trying to ensure that people get the most out of their contracts”.
“We are not doing anything new.
The whole system and the whole business model that we run is going backward,” he said.”
Acacia is the leader in Australian communications and its role is to provide innovative, high-quality, efficient and reliable communications services.
We are currently looking at opportunities to create a new structure that is appropriate to our existing business model.”‘
We need to look outside’The Communications Industry Association, which represents a number the country’s telecommunications industry organisations, is calling for greater communication and communication technology (ICT) reforms.
It is concerned that the increased contact requirements, coupled with a growing number of technologies that are being developed to meet the requirements of the new regulatory regime, is leading to a system in which it is difficult to identify and engage with a range of different technology providers.
“I believe the overall system is not conducive for the growth and innovation of communication technology and we need to move beyond the current system,” CISA president Greg Hunt said.
‘No longer a golden opportunity'”It is a problem for us because there’s no longer a Golden Opportunity for Australians to work for us.
We have to work in a different industry, with different costs, different costs and different costs of doing business, he said, pointing to the increased costs of running an IT company as a case in point.
Hunt said he understood that it could be argued that the organisation is the “golden opportunity” in the Australian communications sector, but that “there are too many other opportunities for Australian business to grow”.”
The opportunities that we offer for people are better in the US and Europe and I understand that, but we’ve got to look beyond that, we’ve gotta look at what we do best,” he told Al