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5G gains momentum in 2018

AMTA is confident that the Government's 5G priorities will add momentum to our ongoing efforts to engage with industry verticals and the respective government departments outside of the communications portfolio with regard to the broader economic and social benefits of 5G.

A digital future for Australia's regions

The Rudd Government today announced an additional $60 million investment in regional communications, including for education, health and emergency services projects, greater access to satellite phones, and an expansion of computer and internet access for remote Indigenous communities.

60 percent of the world now mobile connected

Six in ten people around the world now have cell phone subscriptions, signalling that mobiles are the communications technology of choice particularly in poor countries, according to a UN report published on Monday, AAP reported this week.

2008 AMTA Chair’s Report

AMTA Chair, Louise Sexton, presented the following Report in the 2008 AMTA Annual Report, which was released yesterday at the Annual General Meeting in Melbourne.

3G to Triple Mobile Advertising in Australia This Year

The mobile advertising market in Australia is very much in its infancy with total revenues reaching just $2.5 million in 2007. However, this figure is set to grow more than 300 per cent in 2008 and be sustained into next year driven by the growing consumer take-up of 3G data services coupled with attractive campaign pricing to entice advertisers.

40% cut in drivers breaking mobile phone law

A new United Kingdom survey reported in the GSMA Environment Insider shows the number of car drivers using hand-held mobile phones at the wheel has fallen by 40%, Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick revealed this week.

30% Drop in Blocking Stolen Phones in Australia

Cellular News reports that the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has released figures showing blocks on lost and stolen mobile phones from the mobile telecommunications industry's handset blocking program fell nearly 30.2% in the 12 months to September, 2007.

“Road-Right” backs safety messages with big rewards for L drivers

Learner drivers now have plenty of reasons to study for their driver’s licence thanks to a ground-breaking initiative that aims to both educate and motivate with a substantial prize pool. Developed by the Amy Gillett Foundation, with the support of the Australia Driver Trainers’ Association and State and Territory licensing authorities, Road-Right is the first program of its kind designed to heighten learner driver awareness of people cycling on Australian roads.

34 libraries across Brisbane help collection mobile phones

Australia’s largest local government authority, Brisbane City Council (BCC), is a strong advocate of the MobileMuster recycling program. The Lord Mayor has made recycling mobile phones easier for Brisbane’s communities by setting up drop-off points in all 34 BCC libraries this week. BCC has also very actively promoted MobileMuster in the media including TV, regional and local press.

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Mobiles, lightning risks and other myths

Mobile phones do not have any characteristics which would make them attractive to lightning strikes. While it is sensible to avoid using a fixed- line (copper wire) phone during a thunderstorm; the same precaution does not apply to mobile phones or fibre optic cable (e.g. NBN).

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UK funds 5G pilot programs

The UK is moving ahead with the roll-out of 5G technologies and application with an announcement that the UK Government will fund six 5G pilot programs across the country to the value of £25m.