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Australian gov must support mobile with more spectrum: AMTA

Adam Bender | Feb. 8, 2013
The government should release more wireless spectrum to support the mobile industry in Australia, according to a Deloitte report commissioned by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA).

"After years of strong growth, weaker conditions in the mobile telecommunications sector have seen forecasts for revenue revised down," read the report.

"After contraction in 2011--12 and stagnation (in real terms in 2012--13), the industry will experience a modest recovery in 2013--14. The medium term outlook for the industry is unusually uncertain." However, Deloitte predicted mobile industry revenue to grow to $26 billion by the 2016-17 period.

AMTA President Chris Althaus said public policy must support the mobile industry if the government wants to realise the full potential benefit of mobile to the economy.

"The right framework will ensure Australia is best placed to gain from the opportunities offered by these latest innovations," AMTA's Chris Althaus said in a statement.

The report also discussed societal effects of mobile, including the impact of bring your own device (BYOD) on business.

Employees and the BYOD trend are driving mobile technologies in the workplace, the report said.

"The mobile consumer, and mobile communication in day-to-day life, is changing how business operates and making our economy more productive," said Deloitte's Access Economies director, Ric Simes.

Meanwhile, AMTA's Althaus said the mobile telecom industry "is changing from what was a relatively simple supply chain from hardware manufacturers to final customers to an emerging ecosystem of mobile technologies that is driving economic change and productivity growth".

"Mobile telecommunications is an industry that is evolving rapidly, changing how we do things," Conroy said. "Not everyone understands that it is about more than communications...about more than phones and tablets. It is also about real economic, business and social benefits."


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