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5G - A Connected Future for Australia

5G is the next generation of mobile technologies, designed to support new and diverse services and applications to transform the way we live and work. The impact of 5G will be transformative like no previous mobile generation – with significant impacts on the way we live and work.

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2G Networks are Switching Off

Telstra and Optus have switched off their 2G mobile networks  and  Vodafone's 2G network will turn off on 30 September 2017. Remaining 2G customers will need to either upgrade their SIM or handset to continue to receive service.

60 percent of the world now mobile connected

Six in ten people around the world now have cell phone subscriptions, signalling that mobiles are the communications technology of choice particularly in poor countries, according to a UN report published on Monday, AAP reported this week.

2008 AMTA Chair’s Report

AMTA Chair, Louise Sexton, presented the following Report in the 2008 AMTA Annual Report, which was released yesterday at the Annual General Meeting in Melbourne.

3G to Triple Mobile Advertising in Australia This Year

The mobile advertising market in Australia is very much in its infancy with total revenues reaching just $2.5 million in 2007. However, this figure is set to grow more than 300 per cent in 2008 and be sustained into next year driven by the growing consumer take-up of 3G data services coupled with attractive campaign pricing to entice advertisers.

40% cut in drivers breaking mobile phone law

A new United Kingdom survey reported in the GSMA Environment Insider shows the number of car drivers using hand-held mobile phones at the wheel has fallen by 40%, Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick revealed this week.

30% Drop in Blocking Stolen Phones in Australia

Cellular News reports that the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has released figures showing blocks on lost and stolen mobile phones from the mobile telecommunications industry's handset blocking program fell nearly 30.2% in the 12 months to September, 2007.

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“A week is a long time in politics” – What an understatement!

The ebb and flow of political fortunes has been extreme in the past days new leaders, resignations, recriminations and congratulations. AMTA has conveyed appropriate messages to both sides and is already planning our initial interactions with the new government. After a decade in opposition the ALP will be concentrating on logistics and staff while continuing to work under the new and impressive discipline established by Mr Rudd during the campaign.

“Road-Right” backs safety messages with big rewards for L drivers

Learner drivers now have plenty of reasons to study for their driver’s licence thanks to a ground-breaking initiative that aims to both educate and motivate with a substantial prize pool. Developed by the Amy Gillett Foundation, with the support of the Australia Driver Trainers’ Association and State and Territory licensing authorities, Road-Right is the first program of its kind designed to heighten learner driver awareness of people cycling on Australian roads.

34 libraries across Brisbane help collection mobile phones

Australia’s largest local government authority, Brisbane City Council (BCC), is a strong advocate of the MobileMuster recycling program. The Lord Mayor has made recycling mobile phones easier for Brisbane’s communities by setting up drop-off points in all 34 BCC libraries this week. BCC has also very actively promoted MobileMuster in the media including TV, regional and local press.

`No scientific evidence' of phone tower health risks

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association has responded to residents' concerns over a proposed telecommunication tower in Port Kembla. Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) CEO Chris Althaus told the Wollongong Advertiser this week there was no "credible scientific evidence" of health effects from living or working near a mobile phone base station, even for children.

50% jump in 3G HSDPA network launches in 3 Months

3G.co.uk reports that the GSA – the Global mobile Suppliers Association, announced the results of its latest survey today, confirming 130 mobile operators have committed to HSDPA network deployments in 60 countries, of which 73 networks have commercially launched mobile broadband services in 42 countries. It means an increase of 25 in the number of commercial networks in the last 3 months, representing 50% growth. The first HSDPA networks entered service just one year ago. GSA estimates there will be between 85-90 HSDPA networks in commercial service by end 2006.

3GSM World Congress Asia showcases heavyweights

As an Asian-focussed event, the 3GSM World Congress Asia highlighted perspectives from two of the global heavyweights in mobile telecommunications growth – China and India.While China has dominated the focus in recent years, the performance of India has gained attention at the Congress as another story of large-scale rapid growth in demand for mobile telephony services.

3G revenue passes $1billion

Revenue from Third Generation (3G) mobile services in Australia has passed $1billion because of high service demands, Australian IT reported this week.

3G Technology leads the way

The introduction of the 3rd Generation (3G) of mobile phone networks in Australia has already brought significant changes to the way we currently use mobile phones and other wireless products, such as personal digital assistants or hand-held computers. The combination of mobile and broadband technologies is delivering increased speed on 3G networks and increased options for consumers to access and download a wide range of information and services, as well as have access to additional features to their handsets. It’s like moving from dial-up internet to broadband. Click here to access “Third Generation Mobile Networks in Australia: Broadband for your mobile phone” developed by Mobile Carriers Forum.

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MobileMuster Helps Deafblind People Stay Connected

Currently there are an estimated 288,000 Australians who live with no hearing and sight and this number is predicted to rise to over one million by 2050 (1). This September MobileMuster has partnered with Able Australia calling on workplaces to donate old smartphones to support the deafblind community.

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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.

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Spectrum Reform - Radcomms Bill 2017

AMTA and Communications Alliance made a joint submission in response to the Department of Communications and the Art’s consultation on the Exposure Draft of the Radiocommunications Bill 2017, as well the Department’s consultation papers on spectrum pricing and Government spectrum holdings.

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Notice of AMTA Annual General Meeting 2017

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th October, 2017 at the Press Club in Canberra at 3.45pm General business includes: Receipt of accounts and reports Confirmation of auditor Confirmation of new board members Confirmation of office bearers AMTA Chair’s report Other Business  Please email renae.white@amta.org.au to RSVP and for location details. 16 August 2017  

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The Internet of Things: Evolving and Extensive

The Internet of Things is a wide-reaching term with depth and diversity which is gathering momentum as it demonstrates its relevance. The sum of IoT is much more than embedded sensors, networks and gadgets. It is a driving technological force which underpins the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Connected Cars: from Here to Autonomy

GSMA's global survey, conducted in November and December 2016 with nearly 1,000 respondents, uncovered significant understanding of the issues facing the wider deployment and monetisation of connected cars, along with significant enthusiasm for connected car technologies and services in general and autonomous driving.

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Why Mobile Phone Jammers are Prohibited

The supply, possession and operation of mobile phone jammers in Australia is prohibited by the Australian Communications and Media Authority as such devices can cause significant interference to radiocommunications services, including mobile phone networks.

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2G Networks are Switching Off

Telstra and Optus have switched off their 2G mobile networks  and  Vodafone's 2G network will turn off on 30 September 2017. Remaining 2G customers will need to either upgrade their SIM or handset to continue to receive service.