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Mobile tips for Schoolies

It's the end of the school year and parents and caregivers may be concerned about keeping school leavers safe during celebrations such as Schoolies, formals and other end of year events.

Crimestopers NSW has encouraged parents to keep the channels of communciation open. Crimestoppers said "Let your teen know that you understand that things can get out of control, and if they need to they can call you day or night and you are there to support them. Let them know they won’t be judged for doing so."

Most schoolies will be keeping in touch with parents via their mobiles and so we think it's important that parents stay engaged via SMS or social media with their kids so that they know they can reach out for help if they do get caught in a sticky situation.

While the Schoolies website has some great tips, here are our mobile tips for Schoolies:

  • Keep your mobile phone with you and make sure it's charged and if it's prepaid that you have plenty of credit - if you get caught somewhere and need to call someone for help, you will need your mobile. 
  • Keep your mobile secure at all times - enable the PIN/Password and if you do lose your phone, call your service provider straight away to have you service cancelled and your phone blocked so that no-one else can use it and run up a bill. Click here for more info about lost and stolen phones.
  • Always stop and think before you post a picture or message online - if it would hurt or upset someone else - don't post it (and if someone has shared intimate pictures of you without your consent you can find out more about image-based abuse here).

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.