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AMTA Releases 2016 Annual Report

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.
  • MobileMuster welcome new member OPPO to the industry program as it continues to be at the forefront of mobile phone recycling in Australia collecting 76 tonnes last year.

Click here, to download the 2016 Annual Report which was released at the AMTA Annual General Meeting in Sydney on 17 November 2016.

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How will 5G improve network performance

While the technical standards for 5G are still being developed, experts agree that 5G will offer: Latency of less than 1ms; Ability to deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps and beyond; Energy efficiency in running 1000s of devices; and Improved network capacity by enabling millions of low bandwidth devices to connect simultaneously. Where 4G focussed on providing improved speed and capacity for individual mobile phone users, 5G will enable more industrial applications, and could be a major technological driver in industrial digitalisation. For more information about 5G read our latest report from Deloitte Access Economics. Download the complete report.

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Flexibility in Network Deployment Regulations

The Department of Communications and the Arts has just completed its public consultation on a suite of amendments to the regulatory framework governing carriers’ deployment of mobile network infrastructure. AMTA joined Communications Alliance in welcoming the opportunity to provide comment on the DoCA consultation paper.

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ARPANSA's latest literature review reports on new Australian study which finds no increase in brain cancer with mobile phone use

In The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA's) regular EMR literature survey for May 2016, ARPANSA report on the recent Australian study by Professor Simon Chapman which asks the question "Has the incidence of brain cancer risen in Australia since the introduction of mobile phones 29 years ago?".  The paper pubslished in cancer epidermology compared mobile phone ownership with the incidence of brain cancer in Australia.  In the study, brain cancer incidence rates from 1982 to 2012 are compared with the number of mobile phone accounts in the Australian population from 1987 to 2012. The study found that although mobile phone use increased from 0% to 94% during the 30 year period brain cancer incidence rates were stable.  This finding is consitent with previous studies in the US, UK. New Zealand and Nordic countries. See ARPANSA's commentary here: Full paper may be found here: