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Tangerine Telecom ranked in Australia's top 10 for growth South Melbourne-based national broadband network retailer Tangerine Telecom has been ranked the country's eighth fastest growing firm in the 2021 Financial Times and Nikkei Asia high-growth companies Asia-Pacific list. Aussie Broadband to open new office and call centre in central Perth Aussie Broadband’s coming new office in West Australia is expected to bring 160 new jobs to the area, including customer support roles, management,...

16th April 2021

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A timely tropportunity: OPPO launches new trade-in and trade up program I've heard it said for many years that those in the trades make more money, with OPPO hoping you'll spark yourself into action to get a new OPPO with a more powerful chippie and much better specs, saving your eyes and your wallet even more with its new trade-in and trade up program. Australian firm Azimuth Security helped crack terrorist's iPhone: claim Communications Alliance The Australian firm Azimuth Security...

15th April 2021

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Samsung Networks Business launches operations in Australia to bring next-generation 5G networks Samsung Networks Business to deliver the latest in mmWave 5G innovation, initially offering 5G mmWave radio solutions in both the 26Ghz and 28Ghz spectrums. Telcos want more Federal Govt action on ‘improving’ funding of financial counselling, says Communications Alliance There has been a significant increase in satellite networks operating in Australia, according to the Australian Communications...

14th April 2021

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Aussie Broadband launches while label solution, signs up first customer Telecommunications provider Aussie Broadband has launched a new white label solution for major retail brands that allows them to sell Aussie’s Internet and VoIP services under their own brand. Rapid advances in Australian space activities, says ACMA There has been a significant increase in satellite networks operating in Australia, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which says it is...

13th April 2021

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Aussies spend almost 17 years in a ‘lifetime’ on their mobiles The average Australian will spend 16.6 years of their life on their mobile phone - equating to 5.5 hours every day or a total of 145,800 hours - based on the average age of around 10 years old that we get our first phone - and average Australian life expectancy. amaysim wins Outstanding Value Award for its SIM-only plans MVNO amaysim, which is now owned by Singtel Optus. has won the Canstar Blue Outstanding Value Award in the...

12th April 2021

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Vodafone outage affecting 4G services across Australia In late breaking news (it's the last story in the PDF), Vodafone users have poured onto Twitter to complain of being unable to access data, or even make calls and texts, with Vodafone acknowledging the issue, identifying it and resolving it as quickly as possible. AT&T debuts new 5G Innovation Studio Set to explore new 5G applications and drive further adoption, AT&T has officially opened its 5G Innovation Studio is Plano,...

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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.