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Create, connect and share respect: a safer internet starts with your mobile

Australians love their mobiles and the internet with research finding that mobile phones are the most popular and frequently used device for internet access. The trend towards mobile-only communications continues with 6.67 million Australian adults having only a mobile phone and no fixed-line telephone at home.

We take our mobiles with us everywhere these days and mobiles are not just phones or for texting – our mobiles give us immediate access to the internet, apps and social media wherever and whenever.

February 6th is Safer Internet Day and we are all being asked to be more respectful online.

That means, thinking before we post a picture, before we tag someone, before we make a comment. With a mobile, it can be really easy to react immediately and share our comments or photos before we’ve really had time to ask ourselves:

  • Is this comment respectful of other people’s opinions which may be different to my own?
  • Am I sharing someone else’s personal information?
  • Would I say this face to face?
  • Do I have consent before I post or share this pic or video?
  • Do I have permission to tag someone?

Read more about Safer Internet Day and how to show respect online at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s website.

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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.