The mobile telecommunications industry takes seriously any claims of misuse of its technology and is committed to promoting the safe, responsible and affordable use of mobile telecommunications, AMTA said in response to a newspaper report claiming that “many of us are as addicted to our mobiles as some are to nicotine, booze or drugs”.
A recent Federal Health Department audit of three mobile phone base station sites in Victoria and Tasmania has found base station radio frequency (RF) emissions are well within Australia’s safety standards.
The Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research (ACRBR) has published a paper which it says is designed to give accurate public information on mobile phone safety following the wide publicity given to two leading Australian neurosurgeons, whose media claims “may have misled audiences about this issue”.
A Melbourne mother has blamed her 14-year-old daughter's suicide on the internet and the tragic case has highlighted the problem of cyber bullying among young people, ABC Online reports this week.
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) this week responded to claims about safety and testing procedures on Today Tonight in Adelaide. The program made a number of claims about mobile phone handset safety and broadcast the views of Canberra neurosurgeon Dr Vini Khurana, who likens mobile phone use to the dangers of “asbestos or smoking”.
Victorian Premier, John Brumby, this week released a selective tender for a National Emergency Warning System to ensure the system is in place ahead of the next bushfire season.
Four in 10 children aged four to seven have mobile phones, shows a study that has alarmed health professionals, the Adelaide Advertiser reported this week.
The latest edition of the AMTA publication, EME Update, presents global scientific research, news and views on health and safety aspects of mobile telecommunications.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) today agreed to develop a national telephone emergency warning system.
A woman who crashed into a line of stopped vehicles while text-messaging on her cell phone has been sentenced to six years in a California prison for killing a woman in one of the vehicles, Associated Press reports.
The GSMA Health and Environment Newsletter says that on 2 April 2009, the European Parliament voted for science-based exposure limits for electromagnetic fields based on reviews by the SCENIHR.
AMTA has dismissed newspaper claims that the mobile telecommunications industry is involved in or contributes to illegal mining of coltan, which threatens the habitat of gorillas in the Congo.
The accessing and use of social networking sites while driving a car is extremely unsafe and should not be undertaken under any circumstances AMTA CEO Chris Althaus told Seven News this week. The same news report also highlighted the $9.3million paid in fines by the 39,000 NSW motorists who were fined in 2007/08 for use of mobile phones while driving.
The mobile phone industry relies on the expert advice of independent national and international health agencies on mobile safety, AMTA has said in a letter published in the Canberra Times.
Health Canada is sticking to its position that children and teenagers are not risking their health by using cellphones in the wake of new research showing they are five times more likely to suffer from a malignant brain tumour later in life if they use them, Canwest News Service reports in the GSMA Environment Insider this week.
The misuse of mobile phones, email and the Internet to bully and harass young people will be tackled in new materials being produced for the State’s schools.
AMTA is committed to working with the community to help raise drivers’ awareness of safe and responsible practices of using hands-free mobile phones, which are not a guarantee of safety in all road conditions and driving situations. AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said the industry had engaged in a wide range of partnerships to raise awareness of safety issues.
Today’s claims about children and mobile phone safety run counter to the weight of expert scientific findings and parents can be reassured that the World Health Organisation (WHO) says strict science-based safety limits provide ample protection for all users of mobiles, including children.
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) relies on the expert judgment of public health authorities, such as the World Health Organization, for assessments of safety and health impacts.
A new law in California requiring drivers to use hands-free mobile phones while driving could save up to 300 lives a year, according to a study by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is seeking public comment on current and future issues relating to the national emergency call service numbers Triple Zero (000) ,112 and 106 (for the deaf and hearing impaired).
ACMA welcomes release of draft industry code of practice to promote safety of children using online and mobile phone content
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has welcomed the release of the Internet Industry Association’s (IIA) draft industry code of practice for online and mobile content services for public and industry consultation.
The use of mobile phones by children has been a subject of interest amongst government regulators and within the scientific community. However, there is no known basis for singling out children for concern.
AMTA has entered a partnership with the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) to disseminate material to assist parents, teachers and students to access mobile telecommunications in a safe and responsible manner in the school environment.
The following letter to the editor from AMTA on driving was published in several Melbourne suburban newspapers today.
The Age reports that people who send large numbers of text messages and emails may have a mental disorder, according to a doctor writing in a leading psychiatric journal said.
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association has undertaken to provide information to the National Transport Commission about technological advances in safer in-car mobile phone technology as part of its deliberations on Australia’s Road Rules.
Claims that mobile phone use could pose a greater health risk than asbestos or smoking were irresponsible and disappointing, the Chief Executive Officer of AMTA, Chris Althaus, said this week on a Melbourne radio interview to discuss a Canberra neurosurgeon’s claims of a link between mobile phones and brain tumours.
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association relies on the expert judgment of public health authorities, such as the World Health Organization, for assessments of safety and health impacts, AMTA Chief Executive, Chris Althaus, said today. He was responding to a front-page story in the Canberra Times, reporting claims by a Canberra neurosurgeon that there was evidence that mobile phone use was potentially more dangerous than “asbestos and smoking”.
The Australian mobile phone industry today welcomed the findings of scientists advising the UK Government that mobile phones and their base station do not cause adverse health effects.
Accessible Telecoms and GARI help consumers find a device with the accessibility features that work best for their particular needs.
National Road Safety week ends on 6 May 2018. This year's national campaign has focussed on younger drivers and has seen national icons, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, lit up in yellow to highlight road safety.
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).
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.