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New Prepaid Regulations 2017

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has made the Telecommunciations (Service Provider – Identity Checks for Prepaid Mobile Carriage Services) Determination 2017 on 6 April 2017. The Determination streamlines and replaces the previous instrument which was last amended in 2013.

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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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The Future of Mobile Video

Cartesian’s mobile video report, in collaboration with Mobile World Live, provides an in-depth analysis into current and future trends of smartphone video consumption, currently the biggest traffic driver on today’s mobile and Wi-Fi networks.

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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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A Super Connected Mobile World

Mobile World Congress 2017 is the largest international gathering for the mobile industry and provides an exceptional forum for networking, discussion and knowledge transfer. It is also the scene for numerous product and partnership launches.

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ACCAN funding secured – consumer representation

In a Report on Consumer representation: Review of section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 released 27 Feb 2017, the Government has committed to continued funding of ACCAN as the peak body representing Australian consumers in the telecommunications sector. In the Report, the Government re-iterated its support for ACCAN as an effective consumer organisation, although it recommended several improvements that could be made to the way ACCAN represents consumers and allocates funds for research. For example, the Report recommends that ACCAN consult more closely with industry organisations, such as AMTA, as well as the ACMA, ACCC and Department of Communications as part of its research funding allocation process. Closer consultation by ACCAN with industry and regulatory bodies was something requested by industry in the joint submission made by AMTA and Communications Alliance during the review process.

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Australia Leads on Global Mobile Connectivity

The inaugural GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index shows that Australia performs exceptionally well and consistently as the top ranked nation in the 2016 GSMA Index. The Index measures the performance of 134 countries, accounting for more than 95% of the world’s population, against the key enablers of mobile internet connectivity. Importantly, it tells us how specific countries and clusters of countries are performing. In short, Australia is regarded as a leader and our scores reflect a high degree of industry commitment, technical innovation and investment. What are the enablers and how are they measured? The  enablers  of  mobile  internet  connectivity  that  inform  the  indicators  selected  for  the Index are: Infrastructure  –  the  availability  of  high-performance  mobile  internet  network coverage (Australia’s score: 73.

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ACCAN funding secured – consumer representation

In a Report on Consumer representation: Review of section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 released 27 Feb 2017, the Government has committed to continued funding of ACCAN as the peak body representing Australian consumers in the telecommunications sector. In the Report, the Government re-iterated its support for ACCAN as an effective consumer organisation, although it recommended several improvements that could be made to the way ACCAN represents consumers and allocates funds for research. For example, the Report recommends that ACCAN consult more closely with industry organisations, such as AMTA, as well as the ACMA, ACCC and Department of Communications as part of its research funding allocation process. Closer consultation by ACCAN with industry and regulatory bodies was something requested by industry in the joint submission made by AMTA and Communications Alliance during the review process.

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School holidays – tips for watching data usage

Teenagers love to stay in touch with their friends and during school holidays it can be even more important for them to use social media apps such as Instagram or Facebook to stay connected with their friends. This means that during school holidays, teenagers can suddenly be spending more time on their phones and use more data than they usually would during school time.