AMTA committed to tackling issues of overuse and misuse of mobile phones

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”.

ACRBR answers neurosurgeons’ mobile phone safety claims

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”.

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AMTA responds to television handset safety claims

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”.

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Absent-minded drivers take their toll

A new survey of car crashes has highlighted the fact that most accidents in Australia are caused by drivers not paying attention. AMTA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus, said driver inattention accounted for nearly half of all accidents according to drivers and highlighted the need to reduce distractions while behind the wheel.

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AMTA responds to Canberra Times’ mobile phone claims

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”.

AMTA tackles misleading claims made in health club magazine

AMTA has written to the publishers of the Fitness First magazine pointing out misleading assertions in a recent article that warned members of the gymnasium that mobile phones can cause a range of health effects, including brain dysfunction, autism and psychological problems.

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AMTA meets with MMF and GSMA in Melbourne this week

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association met this week with representatives from two of the world’s leading peak industry bodies in the mobile telecommunications industry to discuss co-operation on key issues and the development of a joint initiative to disseminate health and safety information to consumers.

AMTA combines with trucking industry on safety issues

Australia’s professional truck drivers will receive common-sense advice on the safe use of mobile phones through a new fact sheet developed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) in partnership with the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and the National Transport Commission (NTC).

40% cut in drivers breaking mobile phone law

A new United Kingdom survey reported in the GSMA Environment Insider shows the number of car drivers using hand-held mobile phones at the wheel has fallen by 40%, Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick revealed this week.

AMTA hosts international EME discussions

This week AMTA met with the Chair of the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF), Christophe Grangeat, from Alcatel-Lucent (Paris), and Peter Zollman, Vodafone (UK), chair of the GSM’s Association’s expert panel on EME.

AMTA meets NSW Kids Commissioner

Last week, AMTA’s Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus, met with NSW Children and Youth Commissioner, Gillian Calvert, to discuss trends in mobile use by children.

AMTA speaks at peak parents’ group in Darwin

AMTA and its members are looking for ways to work with the education sector to maximize the positive contributions that mobile telecommunications offers to students, parents and teachers, the CEO of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, Chris Althaus, told the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) in Darwin this week.

“Road-Right” backs safety messages with big rewards for L drivers

Learner drivers now have plenty of reasons to study for their driver’s licence thanks to a ground-breaking initiative that aims to both educate and motivate with a substantial prize pool. Developed by the Amy Gillett Foundation, with the support of the Australia Driver Trainers’ Association and State and Territory licensing authorities, Road-Right is the first program of its kind designed to heighten learner driver awareness of people cycling on Australian roads.

AMTA targets education system.

As convergence gathers pace the intersection of the education system, social networking and mobile services will provide an important opportunity for AMTA to provide advice and assistance where relevant to users and schools.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the annual General Meeting of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association Limited will be held at Optus - 1 Lyonpark Road, Macquarie Park - Sydney at 11.45am on Thursday 29th November, 2018.

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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.