Emerging challenges for spectrum stakeholders

­Trade body, 3G Americas has published key recommendations for utilizing non-standard spectrum bands in a white paper that discusses the emerging challenges for spectrum stakeholders involving how to permit wider spectrum usage by operators using various broadband technologies and current spectrum allocations, says Cellular News this week.

Denmark allocates digital dividend spectrum to mobile; Russia reviews position

The GSMA reports that on 22nd June, Danish Minister of Culture Carina Christensen and Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Helge Sander announced that the spectrum band 790-862MHz will be allocated to mobile broadband. This is a distinct policy shift on the part of the Danish government which had previously reserved all but 8MHz of the digital dividend spectrum for digital broadcasting.

Fire phone alerts proposed in 2001

The Victorian and federal governments were urged to adopt a successful telephone-based emergency alert system seven years before Black Saturday, when wildfires engulfed a number of communities before warnings could be given through the media and over the internet, the Australian newspaper writes this week.

Australia in the Digital Economy: research report series

The internet has become increasingly prevalent in Australian homes and businesses and its effect has been far-reaching; transforming economic and social interactions, traditional services such as voice telephony, the distribution of content as well as underpinning the development of the digital economy.

AMTA wants 120MHz of 'Digital Dividend' spectrum, says IT Wire

Australia's mobile telecommunications industry has staked its claim to a large chunk of the spectrum between 520MHz and 820MHz that will be freed up when analogue TV broadcast services are closed down, saying that optimal economic benefit will be gained by allocating at least 120MHz of the available spectrum to mobile services and the rest to broadcasting, says IT Wire.

First SMS Worm Detected

Security firm F-Secure has announced that it has charted the first ever SMS virus Q1 2009 Security Threat Summary, and a rise in social networking exploits during the first quarter of 2009.

A digital future for Australia's regions

The Rudd Government today announced an additional $60 million investment in regional communications, including for education, health and emergency services projects, greater access to satellite phones, and an expansion of computer and internet access for remote Indigenous communities.

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.

AMTA Clarification for the 7:30 Report

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) acknowledges it incorrectly claimed recently that some plastics from the process of recycling mobile phones are used in the production of furniture.

Cameras and mobile phones

Following the debate over use of mobile phones with inbuilt cameras in gyms and swimming pools, AMTA has stated it does not condone the inappropriate use of mobile phones such as sending objectionable images.

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Mobiles, lightning risks and other myths

Mobile phones do not have any characteristics which would make them attractive to lightning strikes. While it is sensible to avoid using a fixed- line (copper wire) phone during a thunderstorm; the same precaution does not apply to mobile phones or fibre optic cable (e.g. NBN).

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UK funds 5G pilot programs

The UK is moving ahead with the roll-out of 5G technologies and application with an announcement that the UK Government will fund six 5G pilot programs across the country to the value of £25m.