Australia's mobile broadband boon

Mobile broadband services are boosting Australia's productivity, and we have an opportunity to reconsider how best to manage limited spectrum resources to drive further gains.

Yesterday the Australian Communications and Media Authority released a report detailing how mobile services have added to Australia's GDP through a massive boost to productivity. However ACMA, which plans and manages the radiofrequency spectrum in Australia, also warned of continuing challenges around spectrum allocation. Here the federal communications minister responds.

A study commissioned by the ACMA into the economic impact of mobile broadband has found that our phones added more than $33 billion to Australia’s economy in the six years to 2013.

Figure 1: Economic impacts of mobile broadband

Graph for Australia's mobile broadband boon



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