Australian mobile phone shipments rise 2% in 2009.

There were 2.8 million mobile phones shipped to Australia in the first four months of this year, indicating that despite the difficult financial times, mobile telecommunications is quite high on Australians’ list of discretionary household expenditure. The latest figures published by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) show a 1.7% increase in shipments compared to the four-months period in 2008.

Challenging year ahead for industry and consumers, says TIO

The telecommunications industry’s consumer protections code of practice will be an important benchmark during the difficult conditions the industry faces over the next year. Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Deirdre O’Donnell said that she expected that tighter economic conditions would lead to increased focus on the billing of phone and internet bills as people sought ways to cut their expenditure.

Global mobile predictions for 2009

This year will undoubtedly be a tough year for many global economies. However, despite uncertain forecasts, Acision, the world‘s leading messaging company, believes that the changing economic landscape will present many revenue opportunities for service providers.

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.

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Mobile broadband drives productivity growth across economies

An Ovum report in the United States has shown that the proliferation of mobile wireless technology and services in the US, particularly wireless broadband, is having a massive impact on the productivity of the entire economy with significant benefits flowing to small businesses and health care from the use of wireless broadband.

Australian Mobile Telecommunications Industry Economic Significance and Contribution 2008

The report Australian Mobile Telecommunications Industry Economic Significance and Contribution 2008, produced by Access Economics, says the mobile telecommunications industry plays a key role in the Australian economy because the enabling technology drives productivity across all sectors, which results in its indirect contribution outweighing its direct impact on the economy.

Global Mobile Usage on the rise

Mobile usage has continued to grow strongly according to a recent global study. The research group Informa Telecoms and Media estimates global mobile connections have reached 3.3 billion – one for every 2 people in the world. This estimate reflects a growth of 18% from the 2006 result of 2.8 billion.

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.

Last year finished on record high for handset shipments

Last year finished with a bang with record mobile phone shipments to Australia. According to the industry’s official figures, there were 8,735,090 mobile phone shipments last calendar year. This was 8.9% more than the previous record year of 8,021,724 in 2004.

Handset shipments pass 8 million mark

Mobile phone handset shipments to Australia this year have passed the eight million mark, according to the latest industry figures. There were 816,980 handsets shipped to Australia in November, taking the total shipments for the 11 months of this calendar year to 8,052,692. Even with one month’s figures to go, this is higher than the record year in 2004 when 8,021,724 handsets were shipped to Australia.

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Mobile tips for Schoolies

Most schoolies will be keeping in touch with parents via their mobiles and so we think it's important that parents stay engaged via SMS or social media with their kids so that they know they can reach out for help if they do get caught in a sticky situation.

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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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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.