The global financial crisis continues to reverberate around the world but in Australia, at least, one business sector - the ever changing telecommunications industry – is experiencing rapidly increasing consumption of non-voice/text services, including multimedia, content, information and entertainment services by consumers as mobile phone usage matures.
In early 2008 Atug launched a campaign against excessive and largely unexpected international mobile roaming charges. There was a parliamentary enquiry and several recommendations for government action. Government has now tabled its response offering little that is likely to see prices come down.
VHA, the mobile operator formed from the merger of Vodafone Australia and Hutchison Australia, has overtaken Optus in 3G customer numbers, has the highest monthly per customer revenue of any of the three operators and is neck-and-neck with Optus on overall revenues, according to market researcher, Telsyte.