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Smartphones Expected To Drive Digital Economy In Australia
Source: http://www.thegovmonitor.com/
Source Date: Sunday, August 29, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs
Created: Aug 30, 2010

Smartphones are expected to drive significant future growth in mobile communications and further unlock major opportunities in the digital economy for innovative content and applications, according to a report on technology developments by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

The report, Technology developments in the digital economy, is an analysis of major developments in information and communications technologies and explores the implications of these changes.

‘Digital technologies are really starting to have an enormous effect on the interactivity of individuals and organisations that now communicate using multiple forms of media in environments that are mobile, fast, and virtual,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.

‘The report assists the ACMA, government, industry and the community to understand just how rapid is the pace of technology change, how it is impacting Australia and how we might ensure all Australians reap the benefits.’

Three broad groups of technologies are relevant to the development of networks and services that support the digital economy—these are infrastructure technologies, smart technologies and the developments in the digital community, the report says.

Infrastructure developments have continued the trend towards high bandwidth network upgrades and the transition to internet protocol platforms, with many of the network improvements making their way into the residential environment through home networking technologies.

Sustainability concerns are creating a new convergence between the telecommunications industry and utilities and are driving smart applications’ development. Smart technologies are being used to control the growing demands of the information and communications sector as well as manage the exponential increase in information made available through the internet.

The combining of location-based information with other information sources in the digital community has provided a range of rich commercial and social applications that provide features beyond those of the original information sources—but the consumer experience of these enhanced features is equally raising interest in their privacy and security impacts.

‘The technologies covered in the paper reflect a snapshot in time in what is a dynamic and complex environment,’ Mr Chapman said. ‘The paper acknowledges the fundamental role of technologies as the foundation of convergent communications and media services in the digital economy.’

A copy of the report is available on the ACMA’s website.

Technology developments in the digital economy updates research from the ACMA’s Trends in communications and media technology, applications and use report released in March 2009.

This body of work is one part of a broader research program focusing on technology developments.

Other recent ACMA research reports discussing technology developments are available from the ACMA website and include the recently released IPTV and internet video delivery models (June 2010) and Community research into attitudes towards the use of mobile payment services (July 2010).

The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s strategic intent is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest.

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