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.

Global Mobile Broadband Connections to Pass 150 million

Global HSPA connections will pass the 150 million mark by the end of the summer, the GSM Association announced this week. With more than 300 networks across 127 countries and approaching 1500 HSPA enabled devices readily available, HSPA has firmly established itself as the world's dominant mobile broadband technology and the fastest adopted mobile technology of all time.

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.

Germany to auction massive 340MHz of 4G spectrum

The roll-out of mobile broadband spectrum is gathering pace in Europe, with the UK set to overcome legal challenges and open up its 2.6GHz band after the summer, and Germany planning to sell off a huge 340MHz of spectrum, though the date is not yet set, says the Rethink Wireless Daily Newsletter this week.

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.

High-speed mobile broadband to open productivity floodgates

Total Telecom today reports that it has been an extraordinary decade for the Internet, encompassing an economic and dot.com boom and bust period. Alongside a comprehensive restructuring of global communications, this has generated a set of changes that have transformed the way we now work and play.

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.

Japan’s wallet phones point the way to the cashless society

A 34-year-old engineer from Tokyo, Mr Ishizaka uses an electronic chip embedded in his phone to pay for food and drinks each day. "I started using the wallet phone service two years ago … when I bought the phone, I became aware of the Osaifu Keitai function, so I started using it," he says. "I use it two or three times every day, in the morning and night, to pay for food. I buy meals, juice and magazines with it. "If every shop let you use a wallet phone, then I would use it all the time."

Harnessing mobile technology for health

Not content with offering calls, texts and Internet access, the mobile phone industry is convinced it can help save lives and offer health services to millions worldwide, Agence France-Presse reports in the GSMA Environment Insider this week.

International Mobile Coverage and Roaming - Frequently Asked Questions

International roaming refers to the ability to use your mobile service while overseas. Depending on the type of roaming available and the destination to which you are travelling, you may be able to use your existing mobile number and mobile phone to make and receive calls, send and receive SMS, and even receive facsimiles[1]. All of this can occur while being billed by your usual Australian mobile carrier (or service provider).

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.