MobileMuster, the mobile telecommunications industry's official recycling scheme, is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Local Government Recycling Awards. Presented by Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government at the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra where eight councils from across Australia were recognised as Australia's top recyclers.
Drivers increase their crash risk by nearly ten times if they drive while angry, sad, crying or emotionally agitated, according to new research from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). The research found that drivers more than doubled their crash risk when involved in distracting activities that required them to take their eyes off the road, such as using handheld phones and reading or writing. Tom Dingus, the study s lead author, said: Our analysis shows that if we take no steps in the near future to limit the number of distracting activities in a vehicle those who represent the next generation of drivers will only continue to be at greater risk of a crash. The study represents the largest naturalistic crash database available with more than 1600 verified crashes. Cars in the study were equipped with cameras, sensors and radar that continuously collected real-world driver performance and behavior over more than 35 million miles of driving data.
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has set up the new 5G Group to focus on policy, regulatory and technology issues related to the evolution of the next generation of mobile technology, 5G. It s going to be a small industry group with a scope based on the opportunities and challenges within the 5G evolution and related policy, regulatory and technology issues to be discussed from both domestic and international perspectives, says AMTA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus. We also want it to be a reference point for industry to agree on consolidated Australian perspectives and to explore solutions to key issues such as reforms to enable efficient 5G network deployment within the legislative framework and the critical challenge of identifying, planning and allocating appropriate and sufficient spectrum for 5G.
Independent scientific experts have called for caution in interpreting the preliminary results of a United States study that links rats exposed to radio waves to higher risks of two cancers. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the weekend released partial findings of its study that found low incidences of malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas in the heart of male rats exposed to radiofrequency electromagnetic energy (Rf EME) from two types of radio waves used by US wireless networks. The review of partial study data in this report has been prompted by several factors. Given the widespread global usage of mobile communications among users of all ages, even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to RFR (radiofrequency radiation) could have broad implications for public health, the NTP said in the report of its partial findings.
Telstra 2G Network will shut down in December 2016 Telstra will shut down its 2G mobile network on 1 December 2016. Who will be affected? This will only affect Telstra and Boost Mobile customers using certain older mobile phones and devices. These customers will need to either upgrade or make changes to their devices so that they will still work. Telstra has been contacting affected customers over the last 18 months to provide them with information about the steps they will need to take to upgrade and transition to a 3G/4G service. From 1 December 2016, any device or SIM card accessing the Telstra or Boost 2G (GSM) 900MHz mobile networks will stop working. Emergency calls will also no longer be possible – unless the device is within the coverage area of another carrier supporting 2G calls. In addition, wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) devices that only operate on the 2G network will stop working.
Nations will share information and intelligence to fight against global spam, scams and unsolicited messages, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said today. The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by regulatory authorities across the globe will allow the ACMA and its partner authorities across the globe to tackle this issue. Fraudulent and malicious messages and calls are a global problem with no respect for borders. The impact of unwanted messages and calls can be devastating, leading to damaging personal, economic and social consequences. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australians reportedly lost over $229 million to scams in 2015, with losses reported for investment scams almost doubling to over $24 million, and dating and romance scams resulting in losses of almost $23 million.
If all the old mobile phones stashed away in homes in cupboards and drawers were recycled it would be the equivalent of planting more than 205,000 trees or taking nearly 10,000 cars off the road. MobileMuster, the mobile telecommunications industry s official recycling scheme, is calling on Australians, who are hoarding 25.5 million old, broken and unused mobiles, to recycle them on World Environment Day on Sunday 5 June to protect the environment and conserve scarce natural resources. Recycling all the old mobiles in storage across Australia would be equivalent to avoiding 33,856 tonnes of CO2 gas emissions or to planting 205,666 trees or taking 9492 cars of the road*. Remember before recycling your old mobile phones to remove any pictures or data from your handset. If you have problems removing data, MobileMuster ensures that it will be destroyed through the recycling process to ensure security and safety of your personal information.
The supply, possession and use of mobile phone jammers in Australia is prohibited by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) because jammers can cause significant interference to mobile phone networks. Use of a jamming device in Australia can result in fines of up to $255,000 or two years jail. AMTA Police Manager, Lisa Brown, said that mobile phone jammers are radiocommunications devices that interfere with signals between a mobile phone and the base station or network. Mobile jammers can be used to disable mobile phones and prevent calls from being made and received. The media often reports anecdotes of people using mobile jammers in Australia or overseas to prevent others from making mobile phone calls while on public transport, in theatres, churches or in other public spaces.