Michael Ackland | National General Manager, Government and Strategic Projects
Vocus | Australia

Michael Ackland, National General Manager, Government and Strategic Projects, Vocus

Michael has over 20 years of experience in the IT, Power, Construction and Telecommunications industries with companies including Powercor, ETSA, Leighton Contractors, Nextgen Networks and now Vocus. He has held senior leadership roles in the development of key regional and international fibre assets including: 

  • The rollout of 9,000km of optic fibre cable across Australia in 2010-11 in partnership with the Commonwealth Government under the Regional Backbone BlackSpots Program
  • The 2,100km North West Cable System from Darwin to Port Hedland 2014-2016
  • The Australia Singapore Cable 2017-2018
  • The Coral Sea Cable System, delivered in November 2019, on behalf of the Governments of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Australia,  connecting Sydney, Honiara and Port Moresby     
With a deep understanding of the economic drivers that support investing in telecommunications infrastructure as well as the transformational benefits it brings communities, Michael continues to drive for infrastructure based competition to support the needs and demands of end users into the future.


Day 2 @ 11:30

The telco revolution in the sky: How LEO satellites are changing the game

The rapidly developing satellite market is changing the way Australian telcos deliver services. This session will discuss:
  • How satellite is set to become a mainstream broadband technology in the same vein as 5G or fibre
  • The incredible pace of LEO satellite technology development, and it’s dependency on high-capacity ground infrastructure
  • How an all-Australian joint venture called Quasar, is ideally placed to meet the growing demand in the ground infrastructure market.
last published: 12/Jan/22 05:35 GMT

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