The United States is going ahead with a plan to impose tariffs of about US$880 million (A$1.2 billion) annually on goods from six countries that have levied taxes on digital companies.
Any time the NBN Co is taking a hammering over the abysmal speeds on the network which it is building at a cost of $57 billion — and still counting — there is a bid to make things look better.
Researchers at the University of South Australia have undertaken a project to use virtual reality to simulate planned upgrades to roads and pedestrian areas in order to improve road safety for older people.
Earlier this year, an OECD report revealed that Australian 15-year-olds are well behind their peers in other parts of the globe in reading, mathematics and science. Recent developments have shown that many people in Western countries simply cannot count.
Italy will become the second European country to levy a tax on digital firms, with the country's parliament passing the necessary legislation which will take effect from 1 January 2020.
The Australian Labor Party’s Shadow Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland has expressed concern that Australia has ranked last out of 36 OECD countries on entry level fixed-broadband affordability.
The UK has become the first country to slug big technology firms with a tax based on revenue, with the Chancellor Phillip Hammond introducing a digital services tax from April 2020 onwards.
South Korea intends to tax Amazon, Google, Apple and other multinational technology companies, as these enterprises earn billions of dollars within the country and pay no taxes under existing rules.
Australia and the national broadband network are the “odd one out” as internationally there is a rapid development of wholesale-only providers who, in general, are building fibre-only networks aimed at the emerging market of the gigabit society, according to telecoms analyst Paul Budde.
Australia has the third highest rate of mobile penetration among OECD countries, behind Japan and Finland, according to a report from the OECD, which said it had 128.8 subscriptions per 100 people.
The Global Commission on Internet Governance has warned that urgent action is needed to ensure the future of an inclusive, open, secure and trustworthy Internet.
A study from the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development has concluded that the use of computers in schools contributes little or nothing to learning, and in fact, could be a factor associated with worse results.
Australia has the second highest rate of broadband mobile in the world but ranks a lowly 21st place in fixed broadband. Australia has 114.4 wireless broadband subscriptions per 100 population but just 26.1 fixed connections per 100, according to the latest figures from the OECD.
High usage of smartphones has Australia in first place globally for wireless broadband.
Would you believe Australia is the cheapest country in the developed world in which to own and use a smartphone? It’s true, and the OECD has the numbers to prove it.
The Federal Opposition has been demanding for years that a cost-benefit study to be undertaken for the National Broadband Network. So if it wins power at the upcoming election we can rightfully expect it to initiate such a study post-haste. In which case it might find a new report from the OECD useful.
An OECD report on Internet traffic exchange says the current model based on voluntary contractual agreements has been hugely successful and could be seriously undermined by attempts - reported to be on the agenda of the ITU's global conference in December - to impose the type of regulation that has governed international voice telephony for decades.
The expansion of mobile Internet connectivity helped to buoy the global ICT sector and the global economy as a whole during the recent period of sustained economic malaise, according to the OECD.
Release of the latest broadband uptake statistics from the OECD showing Australia going backwards in terms of per capita penetration of fixed broadband services has given Liberal MP Paul Fletcher an opportunity to slag off Stephen Conroy, but what neither of them have mentioned is that, with over 16 million wireless broadband subscribers, Australia ranks eighth worldwide at 74.1 percent penetration.
The OECD is pushing its member government to make the price mobile carriers charge for delivery of calls on their networks to zero.
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