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.

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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.

AMTA members get access to industry study preview

Access Economics will give a presentation at the next AMTA Members Forum in Sydney on Thursday, June 14. The presentation by Access Economics’ senior economist Dr Kris Funston will give Members an insight into the preparation of an analysis of the benefits of the mobile telecommunications industry to the Australian economy.

AMTA Conference July 16 & 17

Each year AMTA hosts the pre-eminent event for the Australian mobile telecommunications industry. It gives delegates a unique insight into trends, issues and viewpoints relating to mobile telecommunications in Australia. New technology, new applications, convergence, content, regulation and a federal election are some of the issues that will be discussed at the AMTA Conference in Sydney on July 16 and 17 .

AMTA members act within their rights on police charges

Members of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) do not charge police for services in life-threatening situations and are entitled under the law to recover costs for non-life threatening requests from police for call records to assist criminal investigations, AMTA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus, said today.

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AMTA Board meets Shadow Minister

The Board of AMTA met with Shadow Communications Minister, Sen Stephen Conroy last week. The aim of the meeting was to discuss policy issues of interest to AMTA and to gain an understanding from Senator Conroy regarding Labor’s policy plans ahead of the ALP National Conference and ultimately the 2007 Federal Election.

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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.


2G Networks are Switching Off

Telstra and Optus have switched off their 2G mobile networks  and  Vodafone's 2G network will turn off at end of March 2018. Remaining 2G customers will need to either upgrade their SIM or handset to continue to receive service.