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School holidays – tips for watching data usage

Teenagers love to stay in touch with their friends and during school holidays it can be even more important for them to use social media apps such as Instagram or Facebook to stay connected with their friends.

This means that during school holidays, teenagers can suddenly be spending more time on their phones and use more data than they usually would during school time.

Here are some tips to share with your teenagers to ensure they avoid bill shock:

  • Make sure they understand their plan and data allowance
  • Don’t ignore SMS notifications from their service provider about data use and limits – their service provider will send an SMS when they reach 50%, 80% and 100% of their plan’s data allowance – so if they hit 80%, it’s time to talk about purchasing extra data or changing plans
  • Make use of Wi-Fi whenever it’s available to download Apps, music and video – to avoid adding to your mobile data usage – you can even turn off “mobile data” for certain Apps or for your device

Finally, if managing data use seems too hard – prepaid is always an option, however, you need to remember to keep their credit topped up so that they aren’t left unable to make a call.

Click here for more mobile data tips: http://www.mobiletips.org.au/pages/Mobile.Data_.tips

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AMTA welcomes deployment regulation amendments

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes the announcement today from the Minister for Communications and the Arts, Mitch Fifield, regarding the progression of 10 reforms to the regulations governing the deployment of wireless and mobile networks in Australia; as well as further consultation on 11 other proposed reforms. In welcoming the announcement, AMTA Chief Executive, Chris Althaus noted the Government’s reform package will go some way towards enabling the deployment of the next generation 5G mobile networks which are expected to bring significant improvements in speed, quality and capacity for Australia’s data hungry consumers.  But he also noted there was still more to do. “This is a welcome and very important first step - in what we hope will be an ongoing engagement with government and stakeholders to develop a dynamic regulatory framework to meet the deployment challenges of next generation networks.

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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.

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AMTA Annual Report 2017

In 2017, the strong demand for mobile services continues to have an impact on our economy and society as the industry shifts its focus in preparation for 5G, the next generation of mobile technology. 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. 5G Mobile – Enabling Businesses and Economic Growth Report by Deloitte Access Economics found that 5G is expected to further drive Australia’s digital economy. It will add to the already significant (and growing) $34 billion in long-term productivity benefits from mobile; and annual network spend from mobile providers is expected to reach $5.7 billion in FY2017-18. The MCF has focused on an agenda of legislative reform to support the efficient and flexible deployment of network infrastructure.