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.

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.

Baby boomers still voicing their mobiles

Accenture in USA has released its survey on mobile content. The results from late 2007 suggest telephony remains the primary use for mobile devices particularly for baby boomers (45yrs+). However Gen Y (18-24yrs) are much more evenly spread with their usage including data functions.

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AMTA acknowledges preliminary finding on aircraft investigation

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has acknowledged the preliminary findings of the investigation into this week’s incident involving a Qantas aircraft that found that there is no evidence so far to suggest that the use of a mobile phone was related to the sudden loss of altitude by the aircraft.

British parents want text messages from their children's schools

According to a survey by Becta, the UK Government's education technology agency, over two-thirds of parents would like schools to use technologies such as SMS and the internet to communicate with them more frequently. Currently, only 8% of parents surveyed are kept informed using these methods.

Beijing – the first mobile Olympic Games

The Beijing Games will be the first Olympics to be widely watched by Australians on their mobile phones. Mobile phones may also play a role in coverage of the Games, with visitors to Beijing able to capture and send images instantly, subverting any controls imposed on official broadcasters, says RMIT University in Melbourne.

3G to Triple Mobile Advertising in Australia This Year

The mobile advertising market in Australia is very much in its infancy with total revenues reaching just $2.5 million in 2007. However, this figure is set to grow more than 300 per cent in 2008 and be sustained into next year driven by the growing consumer take-up of 3G data services coupled with attractive campaign pricing to entice advertisers.

AMTA’s Technology Showcase at Parliament House in June

AMTA will hold its Technology Showcase in Parliament House, Canberra, on Wednesday, June 25. Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus, said the Showcase would provide an opportunity for our industry to demonstrate its range of cutting-edge products and services to key decision makers and senior bureaucrats.

ATUG 2008 Broadband Awards

The Broadband Awards started in 2007 and are designed to raise awareness of the benefits of broadband by focusing on the successful applications of broadband in categories such as Business, Government, Community, Sales/Marketing, Agriculture, Education and Health sectors.

ACRBR Science Week – register now

AMTA and MCF Members who would like to attend the Australian Centre for RF Bioeffects Research (ACRBR) Science Week program should book soon because places are limited. Science Week, a three-day program starting on October 31, aims to improve public understand of radio communications technology and health issues.

3G revenue passes $1billion

Revenue from Third Generation (3G) mobile services in Australia has passed $1billion because of high service demands, Australian IT reported this week.

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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.