A competitive selection process for digital education, health and emergency services in regional, rural and remote Australia will commence in the second half of 2009.
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.
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.
The mobile telecommunications industry shares the Melbourne Zoo’s concerns about the loss of habitat of gorillas in the Congo as a result of illegal mining of coltan – an ore extracted and refined to tantalum metal and used in a range of electronics equipment.
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.
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.
Loudmouth mobile phone users on trains and buses in Western Australia will be targeted in a new campaign to tackle the growing annoyance, according to the PerthNow website.
This week brings two stories of different applications of mobile phones from different parts of the world. One application of mobile technology is changing the way we shop and pay for our goods and services and the other can mean the difference between life and death.
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.
This week AMTA attended the latest update from ACMA regarding spectrum option for Wireless Access Services (WAS).
AMTA has responded to a Channel Seven news story this week calling for the banning or restriction of mobile phones in schools because some young people have been engaged in inappropriate practices and have viewed unsuitable material on their handsets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ACMA releases future directions for spectrum planning and management with key principles and five-year outlook
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is seeking public and industry feedback on two documents that together provide guidance on how ACMA is intending to approach the critical task of addressing demand for spectrum going forward.
AMTA has welcomed the announcement by Qantas and V Australia that they are introducing mobile phone services to their passengers on selected Australian flights and services across the Pacific, Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus, said this week on radio 2UE.
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.
The estimated additional $1 billion to GDP by 2010 generated by the uptake of mobile data could prove to be conservative, AMTA told the Australian Bureau of Statistics ICT Reference Group in Canberra this week.
ANZ set to become the first bank in Australia to launch mobile phone banking service and its competitors expected to follow suit
ANZ took the first step and its competitors can't afford to give it much of a lead. ANZ is understood to be trialling a mobile phone banking service among a small group of customers and plans to roll out commercially in the next couple of weeks, Australian IT reports this week.
Pizza Hut has deployed a mobile ordering system that ratchets up the competition in the industry's battle to sell more pizzas using the latest technology.
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.
The Australian Interactive Media Industry Association and the Mobile Content Education Committee launched the “You Can on a Mobile” campaign this week in Sydney.
AMTA meets with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to discuss safe and responsible use of mobiles by young people
AMTA met yesterday with the Chief Executive Officer of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation in Melbourne to discuss issues related to the use of mobile phones and bullying.
AMTA will continue its program of engagement with the education sector next week by attending the Annual Conference of the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) in Darwin.
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.
Airport queues could become a thing of the past under a new scheme for travellers to check in with mobile phones, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) .
A British student has invented a way for people to track their own carbon footprint through their mobile phone.
Revenue from Third Generation (3G) mobile services in Australia has passed $1billion because of high service demands, Australian IT reported this week.
The Australian mobile phone industry rejects claims on last night’s A Current Affair on Channel Nine that the industry is profiteering from mobile phone call drop outs in so-called blackspots.
GARI helps consumers find a device with the accessibility features that work best for their particular needs.
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.
Report from Deloitte Access Economics on 5G - the next generation of mobile telecommunications.
See a video demonstration of how 5G will improve latency - network reaction time.