|from the land where there's more sheep than people ...
||[Apr. 29th, 2008|09:50 am]
More mobiles in Oz than people - from Stuff New Zealand
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
More mobiles in Oz than people
The number of mobile phones in use in Australia has surged to a record high and now exceeds the nation's population.
For the first time, there is now more than one mobile for every Australian, with 21.26 million mobile phones now in operation - an increase of 7.6 per cent from the year before.
There are more than 4.5 million third generation mobile phones in Australia, a 192 per cent increase between 30 June 2006 and 30 June 2007.
The figures are contained in the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) 2006-07 communications report tabled in parliament today by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.
The report also shows the number of internet subscribers has grown to 6.43 million, made up of 2.09 million with narrowband and 4.33 million with broadband connections.
As I understand it the CDMA cellular phone network in Australia was shut down (no longer works) at midnight. There are a few stories this morning concerning people in Tasmania and some isolated parts of rural Australia being unable to use the replacement NextG network (Telstra).
I have 3 3G capable cellular phones and 4 2G capable cellular phones.