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Mobiles outnumber people

Voice&Data staff

The number of mobile services in Australia is now greater than the Australian population, a government study into the use of technology has found.

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)s' Communications Report 2006-07 revealed that 21.26 million mobile phone services were active at 30 June 2007. This is an increase of 7.6% over the previous year's finding.

At that same time, the Australian population was estimated at 21,017,200.

This marks the first time the number of mobile phone servces exceeded the Australian population.

ACMA Chairman Chris Chapman said a recent rise in 3G mobile uptake was partly responsible for the massive number of mobiles in operation.

“There are now more than 4.5 million 3G mobile services in Australia, a 192 per cent increase between 30 June 2006 and 30 June 2007,” Chapman said.

The number of fixed-line services dropped from previous years, the report said, from 11.26 million to 10.92 million.

The presence of payphones also fell, with a drop of 8368 to 49862.

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