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Spectrum for 5G - 26 GHz and 28 GHz

AMTA believes that Australia needs to continue its progression of enabling access to 5G spectrum in a timely manner, including mmWave spectrum.

We therefore welcomed the opportunity to respond to the ACMA’s consultations on options for 26 GHz spectrum as well as planning for the 28 GHz band. 

AMTA noted that the frequency range 27.5-28.35 GHz has been allocated in major markets around the world for 5G wireless broadband, so allocation to satellite services, in this frequency range in particular, should not be exclusive nationwide. Flexibility in spectrum options should be maximised by keeping 5G wireless broadband an option in population centres.

We also noted that a stronger case for ubiquitous earth station deployments in more sparsely populated areas without alternative connectivity complements geographic segregation from higher 5G wireless broadband demands in densely populated areas.

Finally, 3GPP standardisation of the 28 GHz band (3GPP Band n257), the auctioning of the band in major world markets and an existing range of chipsets supporting the band means that 28 GHz spectrum is a highly viable future spectrum option for mmWave 5G wireless broadband.

Click here to download the full  GMSA's infographic on 5G spectrum 26 GHz & 28 GHz.

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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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Mobile tips for School leavers

Most schoolies will be keeping in touch with parents via their mobiles and so we think it's important that parents stay engaged via SMS or social media with their kids so that they know they can reach out for help if they do get caught in a sticky situation.

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Interference to mobile networks - Buyer Beware!

Interference to the mobile network can cause calls to drop out, data speeds to drop and impact on network performance. In the worst case, it can prevent someone else from making a call to Triple Zero in an emergency. The ACMA has now made available a consumer factsheet on interference that explains some of the common causes of interference and what you should do if you are contacted by a mobile network operator about interference to their network.