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AMTA welcomes New Communications & Environment Ministers

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes the appointment of Paul Fletcher as Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts and looks forward to working together in a productive relationship that supports Australia’s ongoing development and leadership in mobile telecommunications.

This key appointment comes at a timely moment for the mobile sector, with the launch of 5G an obvious priority requiring the engagement of the new Minister to ensure a policy and regulatory environment that allows Australia and Australians to leverage the full potential of latest generation mobile services.  

A recent report from AMTA and Deloitte Access Economics called Mobile NationThe 5G Future highlights the significant opportunities enabled by advanced 4G and 5G networks. The report shows that the mobile industry is already a significant contributor to the Australian economy, supporting nearly $23 billion of Australia’s GDP, while advanced mobile services are forecast to boost the economy by  $65 billion in 2023.

AMTA CEO Chris Althaus, notes: “The mobile industry is an enabler of economic growth and the rollout of 5G will deliver even more significant economic and social benefits, enhancing productivity, GDP and employment opportunities to name a few, so it is crucial that the government maintains its focus on this opportunity.

 

“We congratulate Paul Fletcher and very much look forward to working with the Minister who brings a wealth of direct portfolio experience and knowledge to his new role as Communications Minister. This is an important time for industry and government collaboration - to ensure a clear path for network deployment and allocation of spectrum to enable an effective 5G future that will benefit Australian business and society while keeping Australia at the forefront of next generation mobile telecommunications.”

 

“AMTA also thanks and acknowledges outgoing Minister Fifield for his contribution to the Communications portfolio and congratulates him on his appointment as Australia’s next Ambassador to the United Nations.” appointment of Paul Fletcher as Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts and looks forward to working together in a productive relationship that supports Australia’s ongoing development and leadership in mobile telecommunications.

AMTA and MobileMuster also welcome the appointment of Sussan Ley as Minister for the Environment, with Trevor Evans as Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management. MobileMuster is an industry led, voluntary product stewardship program and was recently re-accredited by the Government for another five years. MobileMuster collected and recycled 90 tonnes of mobile phones and accessories in FY2017/18.


26 May 2019

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ARPANSA Statement on 5G Health Claims

ARPANSA has released a statement addressing concerns about misinformation circulating throughout the community about the possible impacts of Australia’s planned roll-out of the 5G mobile network. Contrary to some claims, there are no established health effects from the radio waves that the 5G network uses.

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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.