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AMTA Launches RadioWorkSafe App

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) in conjunction with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone is taking a lead role with the new RadioWorkSafe mobile app designed to help building maintenance staff, height workers, and facility managers with safe access around radio communications and mobile base station antennas.

Leading up to the launch of the new app at the Comms Connect conference in Melbourne, AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said ‘Whether you are a contractor, specially trained communications worker or facility manager, it’s important to know the basic safety steps for working around radio transmitting antennas and mobile base stations.  RadioWorkSafe provides this information in an easily accessible package.’

Tony Paul, AMTA’s RF safety program manager describes RadioWorkSafe as the ‘dial before you dig’ for height workers. ‘The RadioWorkSafe app includes resources to assist workers understand who to contact, where they can access training and safety videos, and information resources.  The safety checklist available on your mobile is a great feature and very easy to use for all workers.’

RadioWorkSafe is free and is available on your mobile, tablet and pc at 


Knowing where radio communications and mobile base station antennas are located and how to work safely around them is important for a range of occupations.  Today’s community expects to be ‘always connected’ and this means we need an extensive network of base stations and radio communication sites to provide the continuous mobile coverage.

Australia’s mobile networks use a mixture of towers, poles, buildings and other facilities to locate the base stations and antennas. Increasingly our networks also use existing buildings, facilities and street furniture for the smaller base stations referred to as small cells.

These are great solutions for providing coverage but it does mean that workers on these facilities and adjacent facilities need to be ‘antenna aware’ and apply simple steps for managing health and safety around transmitting antennas.  

RadioWorkSafe already has global appeal and earlier this year Mike Wood, Telstra’s EME specialist spent time in Europe with mobile operators and EME safety equipment manufactures where the new app was put through its paces.  Mike said ‘the educational resources, safety videos and easy to use checklist was a universal feature suited to a global market’.

AMTA will launch the app at a dedicated educational presentation for the Australian at height worker industry at the Comms Connect conference in Melbourne on 23rd November.

The app is a key element in AMTA’s RF Safety Program which is world leading in providing an open, transparent and informative approach to safe work around radio transmitters. RadioWorkSafe provides workers location based information safety information to assist facility managers, technicians and height workers assess the on-site hazards when preparing for safe work.

RadioWorkSafe Features

The features available to all workers free of charge through include:

  • Basic safety steps
  • A Safe Work Check list
  • Training videos
  • Fact sheets
  • Information resources
  • Site contacts
  • Safety Bookmark

AMTA welcomes deployment regulation amendments

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes the announcement today from the Minister for Communications and the Arts, Mitch Fifield, regarding the progression of 10 reforms to the regulations governing the deployment of wireless and mobile networks in Australia; as well as further consultation on 11 other proposed reforms. In welcoming the announcement, AMTA Chief Executive, Chris Althaus noted the Government’s reform package will go some way towards enabling the deployment of the next generation 5G mobile networks which are expected to bring significant improvements in speed, quality and capacity for Australia’s data hungry consumers.  But he also noted there was still more to do. “This is a welcome and very important first step - in what we hope will be an ongoing engagement with government and stakeholders to develop a dynamic regulatory framework to meet the deployment challenges of next generation networks.


Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

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.

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AMTA Annual Report 2017

In 2017, the strong demand for mobile services continues to have an impact on our economy and society as the industry shifts its focus in preparation for 5G, the next generation of mobile technology. 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. 5G Mobile – Enabling Businesses and Economic Growth Report by Deloitte Access Economics found that 5G is expected to further drive Australia’s digital economy. It will add to the already significant (and growing) $34 billion in long-term productivity benefits from mobile; and annual network spend from mobile providers is expected to reach $5.7 billion in FY2017-18. The MCF has focused on an agenda of legislative reform to support the efficient and flexible deployment of network infrastructure.


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.