Australia has more mobile phones than peopleRodney 11 comments
Australia now has more mobile phones in active service than it has people, an impressive figure of 21.26 million (with a population a little over 20 million) - an 8% increase in the last 12 months. In the same time frame, fixed line services have dropped from 11.26 million to 10.92 million subscriptions.
When you consider that out of the population, at least a sizable percentage have to be elderly or very young, this means an awful lot of us must be carrying around two or three phones. I know I used to (one for work, one for me), although now I just use my own one for work as well, to save the hassle.
While, I would assume that mobile phone towers, which provide about a 30km radius of coverage, would have to be easier to install and maintain, than a huge spiderweb of copper cables, I have to wonder what this means for our telecommunications infrastructure? Is this just the way of the future or does the loss of future funding for fixed line services spell trouble for the many systems which rely on high quality copper-in-the-ground (think monitored alarms, faxes, DSL, EFTPOS etc)?
One one hand, we are all demanding faster internet connections, which require less noise on the line, yet on the other hand, many people (such as myself) are opting for no fixed phone service at all, by using NakedDSL. Will this clash of interests come back to bite us?