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Looking ahead to 2019 with Deloitte Access Economics - 5G Mobile

AMTA was pleased to finish the year with a members forum, hosted by Nokia in North Sydney, where we heard from the Deloitte Access Economics team, John O'Mahony and Jessica Mizrahi, as well as Peter Corbett from Deloitte Digital who presented findings from the Australian Cut of the Deloitte Mobile Consumer Survey 2018.

Peter Corbett noted that the continued adoption of unlimited plans and soon, new network capabilities like 5G are likely to make us more attached to our devices than ever before. However, he believes that we are far from peak smartphone usage, as demonstrated by comparisons to Asian consumer trends.

Peter said that the survey results show that in 2018, buying a smartphone is one of the most important purchases an Australian consumer will make. And while price is always an important consideration for consumers, it is about more than price with consumers carefully considering the device and services ecosystem that they are buying into.  

With 5G network technology expected to roll-out from late 2019, the Deloitte survey found that 39% of Australians surveyed indicated they would proactively switch to 5G network as soon as it was available or upon hearing good things which is higher than other geographies like the US and UK. 

The most immediate commercialisation pathways for 5G appear to be in the home through fixed wireless products however the survey found that only 22% of Australians regard their network as good enough during their commute. 

The survey also found that while 90% of businesses expect to use 5G in the next two years and believe that it will help them to work more flexibly and engage better with customers, the barriers to take up of 5G relate to concerns about expense, usefulness and security/privacy.

Click here to download the presentation from Deloitte Access Economics

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Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.

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Interference to mobile networks - Buyer Beware!

Interference to the mobile network can cause calls to drop out, data speeds to drop and impact on network performance. In the worst case, it can prevent someone else from making a call to Triple Zero in an emergency. The ACMA has now made available a consumer factsheet on interference that explains some of the common causes of interference and what you should do if you are contacted by a mobile network operator about interference to their network.