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AMTA welcomes ACMA initiative on 5G spectrum

AMTA welcomes the ACMA’s proactive focus on 5G spectrum. The ACMA has outlined its intention to accelerate its usual planning processes in relation to 26 GHz (mmWave) spectrum for 5G. At a Spectrum Tune-Up event on mmWave on 5 September, the ACMA said that instead of issuing another industry consultation paper, it will rely on stakeholder feedback from the Tune-Up session and responses to its Five Year Spectrum Outlook (FYSO) to progress planning for the 26GHz band. The ACMA noted that the majority of FYSO responses had indicated that both 3.6 GHz and 26 GHz should be considered as priorities for pioneer 5G bands. AMTA will continue to engage as the ACMA progresses with its consultation process.

12 September 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: