Global Communications Newsletter (GCN)


9th IEEE International Conference on Communications, Network, and Satellite 2020 (COMNETSAT 2020), Indonesia – Virtual (originally planned in Batam)

By Arief Hamdani Gunawan - Indonesia and Sukrisno Mardiyanto - Indonesia

The 9th 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications, Network, and Satellite (COMNETSAT 2020) was held successfully on December 17–18, 2020 through the support of 472 TPC members. The conference had 133 total reviewed papers from 367 authors from 18 countries with 81 accepted papers. Moreover, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year COMNETSAT 2020 was held as a synchronous video conference.

The first COMNETSAT was held in 2012 in Bali, Indonesia; every year after that it was held in different cities. All conference proceedings from COMNETSAT can be accessed on IEEE Xplore at...


IEEE Joint New Zealand Communications Society: A Summary of Exceptional Activities over 2019-2020

By Nurul I Sarkar - IEEE Joint NZ North, South, and Central ComSoc Chair, New Zealand

This article highlights and reflects on professional activities, including community development programs, hosting the International Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (ITNAC), and IEEE Virtual Distinguished Lecturer (VDL) programs conducted during 2019-2020.

The year 2019 was a productive year for us as far as our professional development of the members of the wider community are concerned. Our main activities throughout the year include a community development workshop, hosting the ITNAC Conference in Auckland, and an IEEE Distinguish Lecturer (DL) tour to New Zealand (NZ). In this report, we first focus on the IEEE...


IEEE Spanish Communications and Signal Processing Joint Chapter Activities 2020: A Hard Year (but Several Lessons Learned)

By Víctor P. Gil Jiménez - University Carlos III de Madrid, IEEE Spanish Signal Processing and Communications Joint Chapter Chair, Spain

It used to be named Horizon 2020, but it finally became Wall 2020, a wall where all our dreams and hopes crashed and our world changed.

The year 2020 started fine. We began with a technical talk by Dr. Andrea Tonello (Chair of the Embedded Communication Systems Group, University of Klagenfurt, AT) at University Carlos III. You can find his bio at The topic was “Where PLC Meets Wireless for Massive IoT and Smart Grids”. In this talk, Dr. Tonello presented a summary of the evolution of power line communications...