International companies are fueling the conflict in eastern Congo by not checking the origins of the minerals they buy, a human rights group said in the Taipei Times this week.
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 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.
Standardised mobile phone chargers would promote for efficient use of resources and reduce the amount of potential waste materials, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association told Radio Australia this week.
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.
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 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.
It is important that consumers are aware of the costs and conditions involved in the increasing data use via mobile phones, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) said.
I'm running late. I'm stuck in traffic. I'm stopping by the market for a bottle of wine. I'm circling for a parking space. I'm just down the block. I'm right outside, Cellular News reports this week.
The Federal Budget’s physical infrastructure centrepiece has served to throw the agenda forward to the importance of spectrum as a key productivity driver in getting the economy back on to a sustainable growth path, AMTA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus, said today.
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.
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.
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 Australian Government needs to fast-track spectrum allocation decisions to ensure the mobile telecommunications industry can meet surging demand. Despite the economic slowdown, mobile broadband new subscribers tripled in the first half of this financial year
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.
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.
The rise in Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases could soon be averted if research into a new technology that involves mobile phone monitoring of drugs administered succeeds, Capital News reports this week.
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.
Communications Alliance, the peak industry body for the Australian communications industry, today announced it has finalised the Mobile Premium Services Industry Code for registration by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
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.
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."
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.
The mobile telecommunications industry is responding to consumer concerns about premium services with a range of measures, including a new, soon to be released enforceable code as well as current practical tips to assist customers, AMTA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus, told Channel Nine today.
Just under half the world's population now use mobile phones, an International Telecommunications Union report has claimed, as reported by AFP.
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.
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. All of this can occur while being billed by your usual Australian mobile carrier (or service provider).
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.
Accessible Telecoms and GARI help consumers find a device with the accessibility features that work best for their particular needs.
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).
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.