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Tips for being mobile prepared in a natural disaster

Tips on how you can be prepared and use your mobile device to stay safe during an emergency situation or natural disaster.

  • In an urgent medical or life threatening emergency situation, call Triple Zero (000). Remember you can call Triple Zero (000) even without a SIM card in your mobile, provided you have battery power and are within the coverage area of any Australian mobile network. Find out more about calling Triple Zero (000) from a mobile here.

  • Pay attention to any Emergency Alert warnings you receive via text messaging on your mobile. 

  • Save important "In Case of Emergency" or ICE contact numbers for family, friends in your contacts on your mobile device so you will easily be able to access them in an emergency. Having numbers listed under ICE in your contacts list can also assist emergency workers or others get in contact with someone who can help with vital information about you if something happens to you.

  • Save numbers for emergency service organisations in your contact list. For example, you  may want to include:

    • State Emergency Services (SES) -  132 500

    • Police Assistance Line (PAL) - 131 444

    • your local police station and fire services

    • your doctor's surgery and local hospital 

    • your spouse or partner's workplace, your children's childcare centres or schools, parent's nursing home etc

    • neighbours

    • vets

    • poison information line 131 126

  • If you have a smartphone, download the Emergency + App (developed by NSW Fire and Rescue) available from the Windows, Google Play and Apple App stores for free. This App uses your smartphone's GPS capability to provide you with your location information which you can then give to the Triple Zero (000) operator if needed. The App also provides information about when to call Triple Zero, the SES or PAL. Links to download the free App can be found at emergencyapp.triplezero.gov.au.

  • Keep your batteries charged as you will always need battery power to use your mobile device; remembering that power outages can often occur during or after natural disasters. Conserve battery power during emergencies and disasters by only using your device for important communications, rather than web browsing or video streaming. Remember if you are in your home, you may still be able to receive information by radio or tv and that you can use your landline (if you have one) to call Triple Zero (000) or other emergency numbers.

  • Sometimes mobile networks can experience temporary outages during natural disasters or emergency situations or they may simply be handling a lot of traffic. If you are unable to use your mobile to make a voice call, try sending an SMS or contacting family/friends by social media. And limit your communications to both conserve battery power and reduce traffic on networks.

You can read more about how to be "mobile phone prepared" for emergencies and natural disasters 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.