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Mobile business messaging traffic to reach 2.7 trillion Mobile business messaging traffic is forecast to reach 2.7 trillion this year, up from 2.5 trillion last year, driven primarily by growth in the retail sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cheaper smartphones selling better due to economic conditions: IDC The prevailing economic uncertainty will force smartphone prices globally down, with nearly three-quarters of the devices to be sold at prices below US$400 (A$546.9), the technology...

18th September 2020

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Leading Edge building regional data centre in Tamworth Data centre networks provider Leading Edge Data Centres is planning to build a multimillion-dollar data centre in the New South Wales regional city of Tamworth. NZ regulator warns mobile operators on consumer ‘overspending’ New Zealand’s competition watchdog The Commerce Commission has warned the country’s three mobile network operators that they should provide more meaningful comparison information and guard against overspending by...

17th September 2020

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Australia tops GSMA mobile connectivity ranks for sixth straight year For the sixth year running, Australia has gained the top spot in the Mobile Connectivity Index put out by the GSM Association, an industry organisation that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. TPG Telecom delivering network services to NAB Telecommunications provider TPG Telecom has signed a new agreement with National Australia Bank (NAB) to provide fixed and mobile network services to the...

16th September 2020

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Optus in bid to lure broadband users with new NBN plans Australia's second largest telco, Singtel Optus, has unveiled a number of NBN plans on the two higher speeds that this network offers: 100/20Mbps and 50/20Mbps. Commerce Commission sets out approach to fibre regulation in NZ telecoms industry New Zealand’s competition regulator The Commerce Commission has released its first paper for fibre price-quality and information disclosure regulation, setting out the proposed process and...

15th September 2020

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Global 5G smartphone shipments set to hit 278m units in 2020 Global 5G smartphone shipments in 2020 will reach 278 million units in 2020, with 62% of these being in Greater China technology analyst firm Canalys says, but the overall smartphone volume will drop 10.7% year-on-year. Modality wins telecoms contract with Blackmores Group Unified Communications (UC) services provider Modality Systems is overhauling the telephony and contact centre platforms at natural health products company...

14th September 2020

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Huawei positions own mobile OS, HarmonyOS, as rival to Android Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies will release its own mobile operating system, HarmonyOS, by year-end and position it as an alternative to Google's Android mobile operating system, a senior company official told a developers' conference in Dongguan on Thursday. The conference was streamed live on YouTube. Huawei Australia official slams Turnbull over 5G claims Huawei Australia's chief corporate...

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This paper examines the influence of mobile technologies on financial inclusion, and the matter of whether mobile technologies and financial inclusion have an impact on the income of individuals in East Indonesia, considering the data from the Survey on Financial Inclusion and Access (SOFIA) in 2017. A seemingly unrelated probit model and an ordinary least-squares model are used to compare both determinants of formal and informal financial services, as well as simple and smart mobile technologies. The study finds that mobile technologies and access to finance significantly increase the likelihood of higher incomes. Smart technologies and formal finance have higher effects on incomes compared to the effects of simple devices or semi-formal and informal finance. Significant gaps in financial access exist between individuals in accordance with gender, income, education, and location. Technologies account for a small difference in the broader access to financial services.

Authored by Alan Dupont

Governments and telecommunications companies have invested heavily in measures designed to protect overall system security. But these measures may not be enough if China is successful in setting the rules and designing the architecture of a new internet, because the one-party state’s internet vision reflects authoritarian values that are diametrically opposed to ours. China has suggested a radical change to the way the internet functions to the International Telecommunications Union. This would bake authoritarianism into the architecture underpinning the web, giving state-run internet service providers granular control over citizens’ use. The authoritarian state’s ability to monitor and control undersea fibre optic cables is emerging as a major national security issue for Australia and other democracies. The world could split into two separate information worlds, one led by the US and the other by China. A Balkanised internet is not in Australia’s interest. We must engage with friends and allies to come up with a fit-for-purpose world wide web that is more efficient, secure, user friendly and compatible with democracy.

Authored by David Soldani

In context, this paper starts by referencing best practices adopted globally to counteract COVID-19, through such means as testing, tracing, diagnosing and treating infections. It then presents relevant examples demonstrating where 5G, AI and Bigdata technologies have been successfully deployed via policy measures and resulting processes to keep people safe, through physical distancing and various other arrangements to slow and contain the spread of COVID-19. Beyond this, examples of unique 5G characteristics, such as improved throughput, latency and reliability, and 5G resilient network configurations (including all layers and domains supporting standard security and related enhancements) are described in detail. This is followed by illustrating particular opportunities achievable on secure and resilient 5G systems incorporating digital spill-over capability. Beyond this consideration and responding to some unfounded concerns, the paper reaffirms that 5G will not have the negative effect on people’s health about which a few individuals have speculated. Picturing all this together, conclusions are drawn on a possible way forward in which policy makers’ focus can now advance from current Smart City concepts towards a more extensive Smart Society approach.

Authored by Simon Moorhead

A historic paper from 1983 which describes the need for communications for command and control of the Army.

Authored by Leith Campbell

The effect of the COVID-19 crisis on the digital economy has been profound. How and whether the widespread adoption of teleworking, telehealth and remote learning will continue after the crisis subsides is a matter for policy debate. Digital inclusion will, in any case, be important. This issue of the Journal publishes four public policy papers, two of which arise from the NBN Futures Forum in February 2020. The other two provide contrasting views on the rising influence of China on the Internet. The issue also contains five more technical papers and a historical reprint. The Journal welcomes contributions on telecommunications and the digital economy.

Nowadays, information technology (IT) has been used widely in the world. People use IT in their jobs and get the latest information about everything that happens in the world. Therefore, IT has a big impact on peoples’ lives. Information can be found easily in a news portal, social media, and a search engine. This study used social media WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook, and Instagram as the primary sources. In using social media, people can share positive (news, current research) or negative (hoax) information. Unfortunately, messages can be shared without verifying their truthfulness. Many people have used social media to share fake news and bullying. Hong Kong, France, Indonesia and Venezuela are examples of countries where a hoax has become the part of peoples’ lives. In Indonesia, the government created a Constitutional Law (CL), Undang-Undang Informasi dan Transaksi Elektronik (CL of Information and Electronic Transactions), to regulate responses to negative information and filter this kind of information. This paper analyses the effect of social media regulatory law and hoax news on social life. The results of this study show that the Indonesian CL could be useful to regulate the use of social media in other countries.