A new Mobile Nation report from the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and Deloitte Access Economics reveals that, with 5G, the productivity benefits of mobile telecommunications will be worth $65 billion to the Australian economy by 2023 – equivalent to 3.1% GDP.
AMTA CEO, Chris Althaus is attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and posting his takeaways from the event this week.
The ACMA has published a guide to small cells. Small cells are already delivering 4G services and will play an important role in providing 5G mobile services.
An edited version of this article by AMTA CEO, Chris Althaus was also published in The Australian newspaper on 12 Feb 2019.
An article by Adam Verrender, researcher at the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research based at the University of Wolllongong, published by the ABC, explains that there is no evidence for any causal relationship between people's symptoms and exposure to electromagnetic fields; however the nocebo effect is real and can be fuelled by misinformation and in some cases, the media.
As evidence is weak for a threshold to guide children and parents to the appropriate level of screen time, the suggested approach is for parents to replace it with other family activities.
ARPANSA study published by the British Medical Journal Open finds no link between mobile phone use and brain cancers in Australia. Mobile phones have transformed the telecommunications industry over the last few decades. They allow us to reach out to our friends and family, and connect to the internet from almost anywhere. Mobile phones are used daily by the majority of the Australian public, with recent consumer surveys conducted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority showing that more than 90% of Australians are using mobile phones. Our study, conducted in conjunction with The University of Wollongong, Monash University and the University of Auckland, looked at the incidence of different types of brain tumours in adults including glioma, glioblastoma and meningioma diagnosed between 1982 and 2013.
Research published in Nature Human Behaviour shows that impact of digital technology on the well-being of adolescents is too small to warrant policy change.
Deloitte Access Economics looks ahead to 2019 against the context of the findings from Deloitte's Mobile Consumer Survey 2018 - the Australian Cut.
We released our Annual Impact report for 2018 at the AMTA Annual General Meeting on 29 November. AMTA CEO, Chris Althaus, noted that there is "an abundance of evidence that policy makers and regulators alike [globally] are attuned to the critical need for policy and regulatory settings that will allow 5G to flourish.”
AMTA recently submitted its views to the ACMA regarding options for the 26 GHz band and planning for the 28 GHz band in Australia. Both these bands are mmWave bands suitable for 5G.
With use of smartphones and tablets likely to ramp up with the launch of 5G; people can be concerned about the potential health effects. ABC News has recently explore and while 5G is new, the science around health effects discussed in the article remains the same.
The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast have provided mobile network operators with an opportunity to showcase 5G mobile technology.
This week is Privacy Awareness Week - are you up to date in how to set strong privacy settings on your mobile and apps?
ARPANSA says there are no health effects for 5G below the national and international guidelines.
US research shows that schools that ban phones have more reported bullying.
As the deployment of 5G networks draws closer, international health authorities have been looking at the potential health risks associated with 5G and exposure to EME.
The TIO's Annual Report for 2017/18 shows that service providers are continuing to work to address consumer complaints and systemic issues with complaints falling by 17.8% in the final quarter of the year.
As the deployment of 5G accelerates it will deliver enhanced mobile technologies whilst maintaining low levels of electromagnetic fields (EMF) exposure. For more information on 5G and how it will work, including the health and safety aspects see our 5G Explained resources which are the latest installment in the EMF Explained Series.
Download the latest report from Deloitte Access Economics on 5G Mobile and how it is enabling businesses and economic growth here.
Government releases its assessment of the potential impacts of 5G on Australia’s productivity and growth
AMTA welcomes the Government’s working paper on “Impacts of 5G on productivity and economic growth”.
February 6th is Safer Internet Day and we are all being asked to be more respectful online.
Interference to the mobile network can cause calls to drop out, data speeds to drop and impact on network performance. In the worst case, it can prevent someone else from making a call to Triple Zero in an emergency. The ACMA has now made available a consumer factsheet on interference that explains some of the common causes of interference and what you should do if you are contacted by a mobile network operator about interference to their network.
The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.
Accessible Telecoms and GARI help consumers find a device with the accessibility features that work best for their particular needs.
Mobile phones do not have any characteristics which would make them attractive to lightning strikes. While it is sensible to avoid using a fixed- line (copper wire) phone during a thunderstorm; the same precaution does not apply to mobile phones or fibre optic cable (e.g. NBN).
The UK is moving ahead with the roll-out of 5G technologies and application with an announcement that the UK Government will fund six 5G pilot programs across the country to the value of £25m.