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More people use a mobile phone in Australia than a fixed line home phone new research has revealed.

More people use a mobile phone in Australia than a fixed line home phone new research has revealed.

According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, around the world, traditional line-phone services are on the skids but the decline in Australia, of about 1.7 percent a year since 2004, has so far been relatively small.

As older telephone subscribers fade away, today’s predominantly younger mobile phone users will speed up the erosion of the $25 billion fixed-line market, the authority warns with changes in the regulation of the communications modes now becoming pressing.

Younger subscribers prefer to use mobiles, the report finds, while the growing price of line connections worries older ones, who are considering changing because of lower cost.

ACMA estimates there are 21.2 million mobiles in use in Australia, or 105 for every 100 people, and the number is growing by about half a million a year.

It says: “As with voice-over-Internet protocol services, the changing relationship between fixed and mobile services will put pressure on core legislative concepts and definitions, highlighting strained or ‘broken concepts’. Ultimately, the ‘elasticity’ of these concepts will expire, at which time they will no longer function efficiently or effectively in a converged environment.”

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