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 Monday, October 29, 2012

The small Pacific nation of Kiribati has signed an internet connectivity deal with the National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) in the Marshall Islands, reports Radio New Zealand International. Under the deal, the NTA will provide Kiribati with internet access via a fibre-optic cable and satellite owned by the Majuro-based telecoms operator. The Marshall Islands firm signed a similar contract earlier this year with Bemobile of the Solomon Islands, expanding satellite connectivity services to the Solomons. General manager of the NTA, Tommy Kijiner Junior, said he hopes the two deals will lead on to his company sealing similar contracts with other nations including Nauru and Tuvalu.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 5:05:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Tablet ownership is on the rise in Australia. A survey conducted by the digital industry body AIMIA has found that 38 percent of respondents said they owned a tablet, up from 16 percent a year ago. An additional 33 percent were planning to purchase a tablet within the next 12 months. Based on these results the forecast for tablet ownership is 50 percent by December 2012 and 71 percent by mid-2013. Apple iPads were the most popular brand of tablets with just over 75 percent of tablet owners owning an iPad. Just under half of the respondents had both Wi-Fi and 3G enabled tablets, while 50 percent of the respondents had Wi-Fi only enabled tablets. The report also found that 76 percent of respondents own a smartphone, up from 67 percent in 2011. Of those respondents who do not own a smartphone, 40 percent plan to purchase one in the next 12 months. Based on the survey results, 80 percent of respondents would own a smartphone by end of 2012 and 84 percent would own a smartphone by mid-2013. The results show a clear and steady increase in the popularity of Apple handsets over the last four years. Samsung and HTC phones have experienced much slower growth, while many of the other brands have been losing market share.


Source: Telecompaper.

Monday, October 29, 2012 10:29:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Australian communications provider Telstra has announced changes to fixed and mobile price plans. Access fees for about half of the HomeLine plans will be increased but Bundled access prices will remain the same. Local call prices for three HomeLine plans (Complete, Plus, and Advanced) will be increased by AUD 0.002 per call. Calls to 13/1300/1345 numbers from fixed line services will increase from AUD 0.30 to AUD 0.35 for all Telstra customers. Furthermore, the 0018 Easy Half Hour international calling service will be removed from 1 October. There are also changes to business fixed line plans, including a monthly access increase for not-for-profit and charity customers. In the mobile segment, Member, Phone, and Casual mobile plans will be charged in 60-second blocks, from the 30-second blocks currently.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:27:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 04, 2012

NBN Co, the public private company overseeing the construction and management of Australia’s in-deployment National Broadband Network (NBN), has revealed the first locations where it expects to roll out fixed wireless broadband services. Using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, NBN Co has confirmed that, subject to final radio frequency planning and other approvals, the fixed-wireless broadband service will be made available to around 22,000 premises across 14 local government areas, with those councils expected to lodge planning proposals being: Ararat Rural City Council, Buloke Shire Council, Colac-Otway Shire Council, Corangamite Shire Council, Glenelg Shire Council, Hindmarsh Shire Council, Horsham Rural City Council, Loddon Shire Council, Moyne Shire Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Pyrenees Shire Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council, Warrnambool City Council and Yarriambiack Shire Council. The fixed-wireless broadband service, which will be made available to operators on a wholesale basis, will offer downlink speeds of up to 12Mbps, and NBN Co noted that facilities will be switched on in stages from around mid- to late-2014. Ultimately, the fixed-wireless broadband service is expected to be made available to around 4% of Australia’s premises.

Meanwhile, the company has also confirmed the local government areas where planning proposals will be lodged to deliver high-speed fixed wireless broadband in Tasmania, with around 32,000 premises across 28 local government areas to benefit from the service. Switch-on of the network in Tasmania is expected in the second half of 2013. Alongside the announcement of fixed-wireless broadband developments in Tasmania, NBN Co has also named a number of new locations where fibre-based broadband has been made available commercially. With services in Triabunna, Sorell, Deloraine and Kingston Beach having now come online, it is understood that around 12,800 premises in total across Tasmania can now connect to the fibre optic network. Looking ahead, the activation of the network in George Town and St Helens is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, adding a further 4,900 homes and businesses to the NBN footprint in the state.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 04, 2012 4:01:04 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Australia's rapid take-up of wireless broadband has boosted economic productivity, according to an economist. ­Dr Paul Paterson of Concept Economics says a study looking at the economic impact of wireless broadband estimates that if take up continues at current levels there will be an ongoing annual productivity dividend to Australians of AU$7.4 billion (US$4.7 billion) - the equivalent of AU$250 (US$158) for every household.

"Since Telstra switched on its Next G network in 2005, Australians have really embraced wireless broadband. This rapid take-up has put our economy on a better footing to deal with the economic downturn," Dr Paterson said. "The study found there are further gains to come with 58% of small and medium businesses already using 3G services planning to expand their use of mobile broadband this year."

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 10:20:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Vodafone has instigated the nation’s first 3G mobile network. The firm expects the mobile broadband network will transform the local industry, delivering of a wide array of voice and data services to business users and consumers. This network is part of a FJD70 million (USD38.2 million) investment in 2008 using equipment supplied by Ericsson of Sweden.

Source: Wireless Federation.

3G | Oceania
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 11:06:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Digicel is nearing to recieve the mobile licence of Kiribati to launch GSM services in the country. The government of Kiribati approves Digicel’s proposal of an investment of over $9.3 million in deploying a network across all Kiribati’s populated islands. According to Telecommunications Authority Chief Executive Pwanouia Aberaan the finalisation of the licence is under process and the issuing of licence is expected in next three weeks.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 11:01:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Telecom, New Zealand, much awaited 3G network commences operations for international roaming customers only. The 3G network has active coverage for inbound roaming customers in the Auckland CBD, Auckland airport and city-to-airport commuter route. Activation of similar coverage in Wellington and Christchurch will start by early 2009.The new W-CDMA network, which originally had to run by Christmas, has delayed to July 2009.

According to Telecom the 3G network will cover 97% of New Zealand and cost $547 million. CEO Telecom Retail Alan Gourdie said the roaming arrangements launched this week are with Telstra Corporation Australia and the Digicel Group who cover a range of Pacific Islands. Telecom is in talks for further international roaming agreements in order to offer subscribers 170 overseas destinations for voice and texting and over 110 destinations for internet data by June’09.

Source: Wireless Federation.

3G | Oceania
Tuesday, December 02, 2008 10:37:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 12, 2008

According to a new report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), 90% of Ozzie household consumers have both a fixed line phone and mobile phone; of those households, 45% prefer to use mobiles for voice calls even when at home. The report also showed that just 10% of households with a fixed line did not have a mobile, while 20% of household consumers have used or are using a VoIP service.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, May 12, 2008 3:48:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A report by New Zealand's Broadcasting Standards Authority has found that nearly half of the country's children (42%) use a mobile phone. The report also found that New Zealand children are savvy media users and that while there has been an explosive growth of media devices in homes in the past few years, television remains the principal form of entertainment.

The research was carried out by Colmar Brunton for the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) and involved interviewing more than 600 children aged between six and 13 and their primary caregivers.

Ninety nine percent of children watch TV programmes, 84% play computer or video games, 62% use the internet and 42% use a cellphone.

BSA Chief Executive Dominic Sheehan said "Not surprisingly, the research reveals that children are interacting with new media, like cell phones, MP3 players and the internet, in high numbers. However, there are marked inequalities in access to new media, with Pacific and Maori children, in particular, falling behind Asian and Pakeha children."

The report also noted that 89 percent of Asian children and 77 percent of Pakeha children use a computer at home with access to the internet compared with just 53 per cent of Maori children and 38 per cent of Pacific children.

The full report is available on the BSA website.

Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 8:30:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 29, 2008

For the first time, there is now more than one mobile service for every Australian, with 21.26 million mobile phone services in operation at 30 June 2007, a 7.6 per cent increase from 19.76 million the year before, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

A significant increase in 3G mobile customer numbers helped drive that growth, which was in contrast to a small but continued decline in fixed-phone services over the last financial year.

‘There are now more than 4.5 million 3G mobile services in Australia, a 192 per cent increase between 30 June 2006 and 30 June 2007,’ said Chris Chapman, ACMA Chairman.

The number of fixed services dropped from 11.26 million to 10.92 million between 30 June 2006 and 30 June 2007. The number of payphones in operation in Australia (both Telstra operated and privately operated) dropped by 8,368, to 49,862.

In 2005-06 almost a million new geographic numbers were allocated by ACMA. In 2006-07, geographic numbers were predominantly allocated for VoIP services – 2.89 million out of a total 3.23 million. This increase is a sign of competition and the entry of new VoIP providers into the Australian market requiring a supply of numbers for services across the country.

Internet subscribers were another area of communications services growth. There were 6.43 million internet subscribers in Australia, made up of 2.09 million narrowband and 4.33 million broadband subscribers (to the end of March 2007). Domain name registrations also grew: 795,368 .com.au registrations in the year compared with 612,918 the previous year.

The full report can be downloaded from the Australian regulators website.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 7:40:49 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |