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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).
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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.

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Ericsson forecast 1 Billion 5G subscriptions in 2023

Ericsson has released an update on its Mobility Report for Nov 2017. Ericsson forecast that mobile broadband population coverage will grow to over 95% in 2023 and 5G population coverage will reach over 20% in 2023. Higher spectrum bands will be important for 5G and Ericsson forecast 1 billion subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband in 2023.

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Flexibility in Network Deployment Regulations

The Department of Communications and the Arts has just completed its public consultation on a suite of amendments to the regulatory framework governing carriers’ deployment of mobile network infrastructure. AMTA joined Communications Alliance in welcoming the opportunity to provide comment on the DoCA consultation paper.