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Connected Cars: from Here to Autonomy

GSMA's https://www.mobileworldlive.com/new-report-connected-cars-from-here-to-autonomy/global survey, conducted in November and December 2016 with nearly 1,000 respondents, uncovered significant understanding of the issues facing the wider deployment and monetisation of connected cars, along with significant enthusiasm for connected car technologies and services in general and autonomous driving.

Respondents, perhaps recognising the increased media interest and new offerings that are already coming to market, gave highly positive responses as to when they expect connected cars to arrive in their markets. A total of 60% expected connected car roll-outs to be well underway within two years and 36.4% stated that deployments were already happening in their countries.

That enthusiasm reflects the potential of connected cars to transform the experience of road travel for consumers and to redefine the business models of car makers, road operators and providers of supporting services such as insurers, location-based service providers and in car entertainment suppliers.

Almost half (48.8%) of respondents expected monetisation of connected cars to be achieved by 2020, underscoring the wealth of opportunities for the connected car to become a hub for other monetised services.

However, the respondents were not blinded by entirely positive visions of the connected future of cars and recognised that the challenges facing the market are numerous and substantial. Network technology itself was not seen as a significant issue, with just 11.6% of respondents identifying insufficient bandwidth or throughput as an issue for connected cars.

However, 36.6% identified patchy network coverage as the main connectivity deficiency that has potential to hold the market back.

Source: GSMA Mobile World Live

4 April 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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Melbourne Seminar on 5G and EMF

As part of the process the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and the Mobile Wireless Forum (MWF) delivered a seminar in Melbourne last week to discuss the latest on the international EMF (Electromagnetic fields) exposure and compliance testing standards for 5G.

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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: