COVID-19 – AMTA media statement

19 March 2020

AMTA CEO, Chris Althaus , said:

“As concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic continue, the daily rhythm of many Australians’ lives is being disrupted in unprecedented ways, including through open-ended remote working mandates and the desire for ongoing access to large amounts of media and information.

“The Australian mobile telecommunications industry has responded to the corresponding increase in data usage and traffic by taking steps to ensure Australian mobile users are supported, and able to stay as connected as possible.

“These proactive steps from Australia’s mobile carriers include additional support such as free additional data, unlimited national calls and the free-rating of official health information websites.

“There is a strong sense of collaboration across all carriers in the Australian mobile telecommunications industry, to contribute to keeping our communities healthy and safe while maintaining opportunities for work and education.

“The industry recognises that mobile usage and content consumption patterns will continue to change and evolve during these unpredictable times, and COVID-19 preparations and contingency planning will be ongoing as the industry continues to adapt and ensure continuity measures are in place to keep all Australians connected.”




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About AMTA:

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) is the peak national body representing Australia’s mobile telecommunications industry. It aims to promote an environmentally, socially and economically responsible, successful and sustainable mobile telecommunications industry in Australia.