Mobile industry urges certainty on key spectrum management decisions

The Australian mobile telecommunications industry today called on the Australian Government to reduce commercial uncertainty and support the reissue of incumbent spectrum licences so industry can plan its ongoing investments in advanced mobile technologies that will be fundamental to the growth of Australia’s digital economy.

Mobile phone industry welcomes release of RMIT report

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes this week’s release of comprehensive testing of RMIT building 108, AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said. He said an expert, peer-reviewed medical report on RMIT found no cancer cluster exists. The report also found that “there is no evidence to suggest that tumours identified resulted from an occupational cause within building 108”.

Mobile industry supports anti-fraud taskforce

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) supports the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce campaign to educate consumers about how to avoid being caught out by scams. AMTA, the peak body representing the $11 billion a year mobile telecommunications industry in Australia, has joined with the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce to promote a four-week consumer awareness campaign.

Mobile industry welcomes ABA initiative

The mobile telephone industry supports the Australian Broadcasting Authority’s new advice on how young people can be phone smart and use mobiles in a safe manner. The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, Graham Chalker, said the mobile phone industry welcomed the ABA’s new safety brochure, which alerts young people and parents to potential pitfalls when using mobile phones.

AMTA Clarification for the 7:30 Report

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) acknowledges it incorrectly claimed recently that some plastics from the process of recycling mobile phones are used in the production of furniture.

Swedish study finds no overall risk of ear nerve cancer for regular mobile phone users, but more research needed for long term analogue users

A Swedish population-based case-control study has found no increased risk of a rare benign cancer of the ear nerve and regular mobile phone use. The study has also reported the “...data suggests an increased risk of acoustic neuroma associated with [analogue] mobile phone use of at least 10 years’ duration.” However, this result was based on only a small sample, because of the rarity of the disease.

Cameras and mobile phones

Following the debate over use of mobile phones with inbuilt cameras in gyms and swimming pools, AMTA has stated it does not condone the inappropriate use of mobile phones such as sending objectionable images.

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Mobiles, lightning risks and other myths

Mobile phones do not have any characteristics which would make them attractive to lightning strikes. While it is sensible to avoid using a fixed- line (copper wire) phone during a thunderstorm; the same precaution does not apply to mobile phones or fibre optic cable (e.g. NBN).

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UK funds 5G pilot programs

The UK is moving ahead with the roll-out of 5G technologies and application with an announcement that the UK Government will fund six 5G pilot programs across the country to the value of £25m.