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Consumer guide to small cells.

The ACMA has published a guide to small cells which are already delivering 4G mobile services and are expected to play a key role in providing 5G services, particularly in highly populated areas.

The guide explains that the public can expect to see small cells on light, power and even tram poles, as well as at bus stops, railway stations and on advertising panels. 

Small cells are low powered base stations that emit lower levels of emissions. Because small cells are closer to your mobile they can use lower levels of power to communicate. Also, small cells will not always run at their maximum output - shutting down when there are no active mobile users nearby, so that power output levels and EME emissions from small cells are lower than the macro cells we are used to seeing in use for 3G/4G.

You can read the ACMA's guideline and download a copy here. 

February 2019

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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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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.