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Consumers now paying more for mobile plans due to ‘big three’ telco price increases, says ACCC Millions of Australian consumers will pay more for their mobile phone plans after recent price increases by all three big telco companies, according to new analysis by the competition regulator, the ACCC. Global IoT spending to Grow 24% in 2021 IoT Analytics, a market research firm, released some forecast data on IoT enterprise spending 2020 to 2025, where they predict global IoT spending to grow...

21st June 2021

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Yesterday's web outage was an Akamai error - time for a backup to CDN networks? Last week it was CDN network Fast.ly that had an outagehttps://itwire.com/networking/the-overnight-internet-outage-an-update.html causing many global websites to temporarily go down, and yesterday it was Akamai's CDN service with a "routing error" taking many Aussie sites temporarily offline. Optus and Eltek extend time without power at transmission hubs by another 10-20 hours Optus and Delta...

18th June 2021

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Ericsson Mobility Report: More than half a billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2021 Ericsson projects that 5G mobile subscriptions will exceed 580 million by the end of 2021, driven by an estimated one million new 5G mobile subscriptions every day. Nokia opens new O-RAN Collaboration and Testing Centre in the U.S. Nokia announced that it has opened its first Open RAN (O-RAN) Collaboration and Testing Center at its offices in Dallas, Texas. Global conversational commerce spending over...

17th June 2021

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Dear [user:field-first-name], It is the time of year for renewal of your TelSoc Membership. We have kept this at $120 (no gst) for a number of years and you can usually claim this against personal tax. If you renew now, you can submit a claim with this year’s tax return. Please go to TelSoc.org, login, click “Renew” (top right) If you have problems logging in, choose “Join”, to join as a new member. Thank you if you have already renewed. If you bought a two-year membership...

16th June 2021

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Connecting schools has the potential to boost GDP by up to 20% in the least connected nations An Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report sponsored by Ericsson has found that nations with low broadband connectivity have the potential to realise an increase in GDP by up to 20% by connecting schools to the internet. Telstra acquires MediaCloud expands global broadcast capabilities Telstra Broadcast Services (TBS) will broadcast some of the world’s biggest events to more parts of the globe...

16th June 2021

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Telstra doubles amount of blocked scam calls Telstra announced a further milestone in its “Cleaner Pipes” initiative protecting Telstra customers, blocking on average 13 million scam per month. Canalys forecasts smartphone shipments to grow 12% in 2021, to 1.4 billion units Despite supply pressures, analyst firm Canalys suggests the global smartphone market will grow 12% in 2021, representing a strong recovery from 2020 when shipments fell 7% due to constraints caused by the pandemic....

15th June 2021

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Latest Journal Articles

The objective of this article is to examine factors that affect the attitude to and use of tourist mobile applications. In line with previous studies, an empirical model that integrates variables of a technological nature and others related to the design and architecture of tourist apps was proposed. An online survey of 156 millennials in Spain was carried out and the data were analysed using the partial least squares methodology. The results validated the hypotheses proposed in the model, achieving a high level of statistical prediction. The results supported that, when choosing a tourist mobile application, tourists take into consideration design aspects, such as visual design and navigation design; personal aspects, such as perceived personal outcome expectations, perceived enjoyment and subjective norm; and operational aspects, such as effort expectations, performance expectations, and conversion rate.

The purpose of this article is to assess the digital divide that exists between the general public and (active) Internet users in their support for the digitalization of public services (E-Government). In conducting this study, the SKODA AUTO University Research Team gathered data from 1,613 respondents – 611 respondents who are active Internet users (using computer-assisted web interviews) and 1,002 respondents from the general public (using pen-and-paper or computer-assisted personal interviews). Results have indicated that the divide exists, although it does not pose as considerable a challenge to the current E-Governance as is often assumed. Based on the current divide, improved ICT skills and higher Internet usage among citizens could increase overall support for the digitalization of public services by up to 20 percentage points. Data results also identified two societal segments, namely, respondents from 1) the age category 60+ years and 2) ‘Below-average income’ respondents, as particularly vulnerable and marginalized.

Authored by David Kennedy

In late 2020, Venture Insights conducted a video consumer survey of 1,003 Australian households. This paper provides an overview of the results. A television set remains the most common device for watching video, but a substantial majority of households also watch video on PCs, tablets and smartphones. Internet-connected TVs are now common. Only 24% of households currently have a 4K or better TV, but 44% of households anticipate buying a 4K TV set over the next three years. More than half of households do not subscribe to a pay-TV service. Of those which do, two-thirds have Foxtel. Netflix remains dominant in the Australian subscription video market, while its main competitors are each subscribed to by about one-fifth of households. Most survey respondents expect their video consumption to remain stable across all formats over the next year.

Authored by Jim Holmes

In 2020, Tim Hwang, a writer, lawyer and technology policy researcher based in New York, published a short book entitled Subprime Attention Crisis: Advertising and the Time Bomb at the Heart of the Internet, which seeks to analyse the issues that are developing around the business model associated with the continued operation of the Internet, at least in its current manifestation, and the weaknesses and potential instability associated with that model. The book is of particular interest because the problems and possible next developments of the “time bomb” are set out in a plausible manner, together with some discussion on possible solutions. In particular, the author makes a credible comparison of the business model of the Internet with the subprime mortgage securities sector, the collapse of which contributed to the Global Financial Crisis in 2008.

Authored by Simon Moorhead

A three-part historic paper by Alan Tulip in the Telecommunication Journal of Australia in 1988 describes the political campaign for the connection of Tasmania to the Australian mainland telecommunications network after World War I, not completed until 1936.

Authored by Leith Campbell

This editorial comes in three parts: some observations on national preparedness to capture the benefits of widespread broadband availability; some updates on the editorial team that produces the Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy; and a brief introduction to the papers in this issue.