Preparing for the 5th generation of mobile technology (5G) is a major industry agenda that also requires Government engagement to drive relevant policy and regulatory reform. Specifically, allocation of new radio-frequency spectrum resources combined with regulatory reform for mobile network deployment are imperatives needed to support the continued growth of Mobile Broadband (MBB) and 5G evolution. Timely allocation of new spectrum resources as well as efficient roll-out of mobile infrastructure, requires thoughtful consideration and decision-making by policy makers. This will help create the environment that can fully realise the benefits of 5G. In relation to these imperatives, AMTA and the Communications Alliance (the Associations) recently commented on the ACMA’s Five Year Spectrum Outlook 2016-2020 (FYSO), and noted the sense of urgency required to address pre-implementation requirements for the evolution to 5G.
Proposed new Federal legislation intended to help protect Australian communications networks and businesses from cyber attack and sabotage might actually make them more exposed to such threats, a broad coalition of industry representatives has warned. In a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) published today, the group pointed to serious problems in the Telecommunication Sector Security Reform (TSSR) legislation, recently introduced to Federal Parliament. These included vague drafting, regulatory overreach, the ongoing risk that telecoms service providers could be forced by Government to dismantle or retro-fit existing communications networks and the risk to hamper innovation and to place Australian businesses at a competitive disadvantage.
The inaugural GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index shows that Australia performs exceptionally well and consistently as the top ranked nation in the 2016 GSMA Index. The Index measures the performance of 134 countries, accounting for more than 95% of the world’s population, against the key enablers of mobile internet connectivity. Importantly, it tells us how specific countries and clusters of countries are performing. In short, Australia is regarded as a leader and our scores reflect a high degree of industry commitment, technical innovation and investment. What are the enablers and how are they measured? The enablers of mobile internet connectivity that inform the indicators selected for the Index are: Infrastructure – the availability of high-performance mobile internet network coverage (Australia’s score: 73.
Results from a new study investigating the exposure of children to Wi-Fi in the classrooms of Australian schools have been reported by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) with finding showing that exposure levels are extremely low. The new research looked at exposure levels in the classrooms of 23 primary and secondary schools in Victoria and NSW. The researchers found that children’s exposure to EME from Wi-Fi access points in the classrooms was extremely low in comparison to Australian safety limits set by ARPANSA. On average exposure was measured at 500,000 times below the Australian safety limit (only 0.0002% of the limit) and was even less outside the classrooms in an open area of the school yard (where it was only 0.000001% of the limit). These findings show that not only is exposure to Wi-Fi extremely low, but that it decreases rapidly at only small distances away from the access points.
State departments and local councils are champion recyclers of mobile phones.
5G – the next generation of mobile technology – promises to completely transform our lives by revolutionising transportation, health, agriculture, education and other sectors of industry. In the recent Mobile Nation report, Deloitte Access Economics predicts: “…that the next major phase of mobile developments is anticipated to launch the capabilities of our mobile devices to significantly greater and previously unimagined heights.” While wide deployment of 5G is not anticipated before 2020, AMTA members are already collaborating and testing 5G technologies as carriers continue to invest in 4G (LTE and LTE-A) networks. Ericsson and Telstra recently conducted outdoor tests of a 5G trial system in Melbourne. The purpose of the trial was to demonstrate 5G capabilities in a real world environment over a live network.
The ACMA released an update on its Reconnecting the Customer Research at the end of 2016 that found improved outcomes for customers since the implementation of the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code in 2012. Richard Bean, Acting Chairman of the ACMA said: ‘In good news for consumers, fewer are experiencing unexpectedly high bills, and they are making better use of spend management tools to monitor and track their expenditure.” “They have a clearer understanding about the cost of their communications services, and are better able to plan and budget accordingly.
The Mobile Manufacturers Forum has announced its new name: the Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF). “This new name reflects the pace of technological change, the evolution to 5G and the development of the Internet of Things” MWF Secretary General, Michael Milligan said. “It’s all about being mobile and wireless – and the name reflects the association’s background and our future”, Mr Milligan added. The new name is now effective with the core mission centred around four main areas: • EMF & Health: providing information on the health and safety of electromagnetic fields and wireless technologies. • RF Compliance: working with standards bodies worldwide to develop and refine compliance methodologies. • Accessibility: empowering consumers through information on the accessibility features in devices and creating a platform for exchange between industry and stakeholders.
Australians' increasing use of digital content is driving changes in mobile phone use, services and infrastructure. According to new research from the ACMA smartphone use is on the rise with the number of mobile services increasing by three per cent in the last year to 32.59 million. The demand for digital content, with popular services like catch-up and subscription video, has also seen the intensity of smartphone use increase. The new research looks at how the telecommunications industry has continued to invest in their networks with 4G now covering 98 per cent of the population. This will continue as the industry works towards the commercial 5G network deployment in 2020. For further details on the research visit the ACMA website here:
2016 was a year where the mobile industry continued to transform and improve the way Australians live, work and play. Mobile continues to have an impact on our economy and society with strong demand for mobile technology and services. AMTA’s latest Annual Report includes the following highlights: As industry prepares for 5G the need for regulatory reform in spectrum management and network infrastructure deployment is increasingly urgent. The growth and development of mobile in Australia plays a key role in Australia’s economic growth by stimulating productivity and workplace participation. Deloitte Access Economics found Australia’s economy is 42.9 billion (2.6% of GDP) bigger in 2015 that it would otherwise be because of the long-term productivity and workforce participation benefits generated by mobile technology take-up.
Optus will start switching off its 2G mobile network from April 2017 and Vodafone's 2G network will shut down on 30 September 2017.
AMTA has welcomed John Gertsakis as its new Communications Manager. John brings 20 years of experience in communications, marketing, product stewardship and stakeholder relations to the AMTA team.
Last year MobileMuster collected 76 tonnes of mobile phone components including an estimated 1,030,000 handsets and batteries.
Samsung has provided information to customers about changes being implemented in their manufacturing processes and quality assurance programs as a result of the Galaxy Note 7 recall.