ACA Industry Awareness of International Communications Standardization Activities Survey, June 2001 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Note. Refers to the underlying information requirements that the survey is intended to address. For example, what problems the agency is trying to solve? What decisions need to be made? What specific policies or actions are being determined or assessed? Should detail who requires the information. Survey objectives should be included in "B2" below.
The ACA is currently developing a longer term strategy to encourage Australian telecommunications and IT businesses to participate in international telecommunications standards making activities. In simple terms, participation in relevant international forums is likely to provide commercial benefits to the Australian telecommunications and IT industry. This view is shared by businesses with experience in relevant forums.
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However, participation in such forums has been historically limited to Telstra and larger (multinational) equipment manufacturers. It is unclear what level of interest other relevant businesses (particular small to medium businesses who may be able to benefit from input to international forums) are aware of the range of international telecommunications standards making activities, and what reasons lie behind the (perceived) low level of interest in such activities. The survey is intended to provide some answers to these general questions, as well as indicating which areas of international telecommunications standards making activities Australian industry believes is relevant.
How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? (B2)
Note. Should include a brief overview of the main topics the survey will cover. If applicable, provides details of any constraints including: fixed costs, fixed sample size, fixed accuracy (eg target RSEs, Confidence Intervals), etc.
The survey will provide responses from a wide range of Australian telecommunications and IT businesses in relation to a range of questions that are relevant to the ACA's longer term strategy to encourage industry involvement in international telecommunications standards making activities. The results of the survey should identify the level of interest in standards making forums across each 'sub-sector' of the industry, as well as providing a valuable summary of the forums which industry believes are likely to be of greatest relevance in the next few years. The forums to which the survey relates range from traditional international forums such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to new industry dominated forums such as the ATM Forum or the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Where businesses have little interest in such activities and forums, the survey will ask why this is so - eg. resource constraints, ignorance of benefits of involvement, confidence of involvement by other bodies or association.
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The ACA is particularly interested in the opinions of small to medium businesses which may be involved in emerging technologies, and which do not have experience in forums such as the ITU, but which may benefit commercially for involvement.
What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Note. Should include: testing, the date questionnaires are printed or finalised, the date data collection commences, the date data collection finishes, and when results will be available. SCH approval for the survey is to be obtained before data collection commences.
A draft survey will be provided to the ACA by 8 June for comment and approval. The survey will begin in mid June and should be completed by end of July 2001. Analysis of the survey results will be provided to the ACA by 7 September 2001.
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