01.Mobile broadband helps lift economy
The rise of mobile broadband has delivered a welcome boost for businesses as well as consumers, according to a recent analysis commissioned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
By cutting costs for businesses and increasing speed and productivity, mobile broadband technology has lifted the economy by an extra 0.28 per cent every year since 2007 and made all Australians about $650 richer, the report claims.
The overall gains have been much bigger. As of the end of last year, the boost to Australia’s gross domestic product was $33.8 billion thanks to the introduction of mobile broadband – 2.28% better than it would have been without it.
ACMA chairman Chris Chapman says the findings justify the government’s decision to dedicate more of the radio frequency spectrum to mobile broadband at the expense of other communications platforms, such as TV, radio and mobile voice networks.
But the decision may have a downside. Another recent report from the CSIRO suggests an increasingly overcrowded spectrum will compromise the performance of basic online services.
The CSIRO has warned that Australia may be headed for a "spectrum crunch".