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.

AMTA thanks Andrew Volard for his industry service

After more than six years working for Motorola Mobile Devices, and four years at the helm as Managing Director for South Pacific region, Andrew Volard has resigned to pursue new challenges. Mr Volard has also resigned from his position of Deputy Chair of AMTA, where he served for more than 2.5 years.

Challenges and Opportunities for the Mobile Telecommunications Industry

At the next AMTA Networking Forum Nathan Burley, Telecommunications Analyst, Ovum will give a presentation on the “Challenges and Opportunities for the Mobile Telecommunications Industry”. Nathan will discuss issues such as: 3G evolution and migration; mobile broadband; mobile internet; the future of the mobile operator.

Australia II skipper joins AMTA’s Charity Regatta to set sail against cyber bullying

On September 27, 1983, Australia won the deciding race of the America’s Cup yacht race series off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, USA. The result broke a 132 year winning streak in the oldest sporting trophy contest in the world and sent Australia into national euphoria including the famous quote from a champagne sodden Prime Minister: “Any boss that sacks an employee for taking today off is a bum", an excited Bob Hawke said on national television.

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AMTA presents Mobile Sector Perspective at RadComms 08

AMTA CEO, Chris Althaus, presented today to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), RadComms 08 Conference. The RadComms 08 Conference is focussing on spectrum management and planning for the future across all applications of radio communications.

AMTA pays tribute to John Ilhan

AMTA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus, has paid tribute to Crazy John founder, John Ilhan, following his sudden death this week. Crazy John’s is a valued member of AMTA.

AMTA welcomes two new members

AMTA is very pleased to announce that two new members – Nokia Siemens Networks and Crazy Johns – have joined the peak industry body for mobile telecommunications in Australia.

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AMTA Conference

This week AMTA held its 2007 Mobile Telecommunications Conference. The program highlighted the diversity of issues impacting on the policy environment and market conditions relevant to the mobile telecommunications sector. On the policy front both Minister Coonan and Shadow Minister Conroy congratulated ATMA for continuing to take a proactive stance on key policy issues.

Australians say mobile phones help balance work and family

The majority of Australians believe that mobile phones have helped to balance their family and working lives, the first study of its kind undertaken in the nation has found. Leading social researchers from the Australian National University, the University of New England and the University of New South Wales found that only 3% of people reported that the mobile phone had a negative impact on their work-life balance.

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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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.