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Australia Leads on Global Mobile Connectivity

The inaugural GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index shows that Australia performs exceptionally well and consistently as the top ranked nation in the 2016 GSMA Index. The Index measures the performance of 134 countries, accounting for more than 95% of the world’s population, against the key enablers of mobile internet connectivity. Importantly, it tells us how specific countries and clusters of countries are performing. In short, Australia is regarded as a leader and our scores reflect a high degree of industry commitment, technical innovation and investment. What are the enablers and how are they measured? The  enablers  of  mobile  internet  connectivity  that  inform  the  indicators  selected  for  the Index are: Infrastructure  –  the  availability  of  high-performance  mobile  internet  network coverage (Australia’s score: 73.

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ACCAN funding secured – consumer representation

In a Report on Consumer representation: Review of section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 released 27 Feb 2017, the Government has committed to continued funding of ACCAN as the peak body representing Australian consumers in the telecommunications sector. In the Report, the Government re-iterated its support for ACCAN as an effective consumer organisation, although it recommended several improvements that could be made to the way ACCAN represents consumers and allocates funds for research. For example, the Report recommends that ACCAN consult more closely with industry organisations, such as AMTA, as well as the ACMA, ACCC and Department of Communications as part of its research funding allocation process. Closer consultation by ACCAN with industry and regulatory bodies was something requested by industry in the joint submission made by AMTA and Communications Alliance during the review process.