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ACCAN funding secured – consumer representation

In a Report on Consumer representation: Review of section 593 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 released 27 Feb 2017, the Government has committed to continued funding of ACCAN as the peak body representing Australian consumers in the telecommunications sector.

In the Report, the Government re-iterated its support for ACCAN as an effective consumer organisation, although it recommended several improvements that could be made to the way ACCAN represents consumers and allocates funds for research. For example, the Report recommends that ACCAN consult more closely with industry organisations, such as AMTA, as well as the ACMA, ACCC and Department of Communications as part of its research funding allocation process. Closer consultation by ACCAN with industry and regulatory bodies was something requested by industry in the joint submission made by AMTA and Communications Alliance during the review process.

ACCAN’s current funding agreement is due to expire in May 2017 and the ten recommendations from the Report will then be implemented in its new funding agreement.

You can read the full Report here.

28 February 2017

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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: