Results from a new study investigating the exposure of children to Wi-Fi in the classrooms of Australian schools have been reported by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) with finding showing that exposure levels are extremely low. The new research looked at exposure levels in the classrooms of 23 primary and secondary schools in Victoria and NSW. The researchers found that children’s exposure to EME from Wi-Fi access points in the classrooms was extremely low in comparison to Australian safety limits set by ARPANSA. On average exposure was measured at 500,000 times below the Australian safety limit (only 0.0002% of the limit) and was even less outside the classrooms in an open area of the school yard (where it was only 0.000001% of the limit). These findings show that not only is exposure to Wi-Fi extremely low, but that it decreases rapidly at only small distances away from the access points.
State departments and local councils are champion recyclers of mobile phones.
Deloitte has released the results of its ‘Australian Cut’ of its global 2016 Mobile Consumer Survey that includes insights about smartphone use. Key findings from the report: 84% of Australians own a smartphone Australians aged 18-24 had the highest rate of smartphone ownership at 94% While the adoption of smartphones has been increasing over the past few years, it is expected to plateau in coming years Australians on 4G networks are using double the data of non-4G subscribers Click here to download a smartphone snapshot of the Australian report. November 2016
5G – the next generation of mobile technology – promises to completely transform our lives by revolutionising transportation, health, agriculture, education and other sectors of industry. In the recent Mobile Nation report, Deloitte Access Economics predicts: “…that the next major phase of mobile developments is anticipated to launch the capabilities of our mobile devices to significantly greater and previously unimagined heights.” While wide deployment of 5G is not anticipated before 2020, AMTA members are already collaborating and testing 5G technologies as carriers continue to invest in 4G (LTE and LTE-A) networks. Ericsson and Telstra recently conducted outdoor tests of a 5G trial system in Melbourne. The purpose of the trial was to demonstrate 5G capabilities in a real world environment over a live network.
The ACMA released an update on its Reconnecting the Customer Research at the end of 2016 that found improved outcomes for customers since the implementation of the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code in 2012. Richard Bean, Acting Chairman of the ACMA said: ‘In good news for consumers, fewer are experiencing unexpectedly high bills, and they are making better use of spend management tools to monitor and track their expenditure.” “They have a clearer understanding about the cost of their communications services, and are better able to plan and budget accordingly.
Australians' increasing use of digital content is driving changes in mobile phone use, services and infrastructure. According to new research from the ACMA smartphone use is on the rise with the number of mobile services increasing by three per cent in the last year to 32.59 million. The demand for digital content, with popular services like catch-up and subscription video, has also seen the intensity of smartphone use increase. The new research looks at how the telecommunications industry has continued to invest in their networks with 4G now covering 98 per cent of the population. This will continue as the industry works towards the commercial 5G network deployment in 2020. For further details on the research visit the ACMA website here:
2016 was a year where the mobile industry continued to transform and improve the way Australians live, work and play. Mobile continues to have an impact on our economy and society with strong demand for mobile technology and services. AMTA’s latest Annual Report includes the following highlights: As industry prepares for 5G the need for regulatory reform in spectrum management and network infrastructure deployment is increasingly urgent. The growth and development of mobile in Australia plays a key role in Australia’s economic growth by stimulating productivity and workplace participation. Deloitte Access Economics found Australia’s economy is 42.9 billion (2.6% of GDP) bigger in 2015 that it would otherwise be because of the long-term productivity and workforce participation benefits generated by mobile technology take-up.
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has announced that Mr Stuart MacIntyre from Optus has today been appointed Chair of AMTA’s Board of Directors. Mr MacIntyre, Director of Optus Business Technology, joined Optus in 2010 after working as Head of Strategy & Business Development in the British Telecom Group Mobility from 2000. He takes over the role of AMTA Chair from Matthew Lobb, VHA’s General Manager, Industry Strategy and Public Policy, who is stepping down after two years as Chair. Mr MacIntyre said he was delighted to be taking on the Chair at such a pivotal moment in the mobile industry’s evolution. “The combination of latest generation mobile networks and devices with an ever- increasing array of applications and services - on the eve of mobile’s 5th Generation (5G) will make this next few years a most significant chapter in the mobile evolution.” Mr MacIntyre said.
Customers are urged to return recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices to the place of purchase to receive a replacement or refund.
The Mobile Manufacturers Forum has announced its new name: the Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF). “This new name reflects the pace of technological change, the evolution to 5G and the development of the Internet of Things” MWF Secretary General, Michael Milligan said. “It’s all about being mobile and wireless – and the name reflects the association’s background and our future”, Mr Milligan added. The new name is now effective with the core mission centred around four main areas: • EMF & Health: providing information on the health and safety of electromagnetic fields and wireless technologies. • RF Compliance: working with standards bodies worldwide to develop and refine compliance methodologies. • Accessibility: empowering consumers through information on the accessibility features in devices and creating a platform for exchange between industry and stakeholders.
Last year MobileMuster collected 76 tonnes of mobile phone components including an estimated 1,030,000 handsets and batteries.
Australia's mobile carriers have all announced that they will be switching off 2G networks from Dec 2016- Sept 2017.