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.
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.
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.
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.
The AustralianIT reports that Canberra and the states baulked at the $20 million cost of a telephone-based alert system that would have given early warning of the deadly Black Saturday bushfires, a secret report shows.
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.
The European Union on Monday opened the way for air travelers to use mobile phones to talk, text or send e-mails on planes throughout Europe's airspace.
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.
Revenue from wireless data services grew 53% last year, according to an industry group. But analysts say voice services continue to top consumers' list of reasons for choosing a wireless service provider.
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.
The first study in Australia to use nationally representative data on how mobile phones have become integrated into everyday lives has released its final report. The study, The Impact of the Mobile Phone on Work/Life Balance, is a collaboration between AMTA and the Australian Research Council.
Ignorance may be bliss, but if you have a mobile phone it may no longer be an excuse to indulge in unhealthy eating, the CTIA Smartbrief reports 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.
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.
National Road Safety week ends on 6 May 2018. This year's national campaign has focussed on younger drivers and has seen national icons, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, lit up in yellow to highlight road safety.
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.