A new Mobile Nation report from the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and Deloitte Access Economics reveals that, with 5G, the productivity benefits of mobile telecommunications will be worth $65 billion to the Australian economy by 2023 – equivalent to 3.1% GDP.
AMTA CEO, Chris Althaus is attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and posting his takeaways from the event this week.
The ACMA has published a guide to small cells. Small cells are already delivering 4G services and will play an important role in providing 5G mobile services.
An edited version of this article by AMTA CEO, Chris Althaus was also published in The Australian newspaper on 12 Feb 2019.
An article by Adam Verrender, researcher at the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research based at the University of Wolllongong, published by the ABC, explains that there is no evidence for any causal relationship between people's symptoms and exposure to electromagnetic fields; however the nocebo effect is real and can be fuelled by misinformation and in some cases, the media.
As evidence is weak for a threshold to guide children and parents to the appropriate level of screen time, the suggested approach is for parents to replace it with other family activities.
ARPANSA study published by the British Medical Journal Open finds no link between mobile phone use and brain cancers in Australia. Mobile phones have transformed the telecommunications industry over the last few decades. They allow us to reach out to our friends and family, and connect to the internet from almost anywhere. Mobile phones are used daily by the majority of the Australian public, with recent consumer surveys conducted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority showing that more than 90% of Australians are using mobile phones. Our study, conducted in conjunction with The University of Wollongong, Monash University and the University of Auckland, looked at the incidence of different types of brain tumours in adults including glioma, glioblastoma and meningioma diagnosed between 1982 and 2013.
Research published in Nature Human Behaviour shows that impact of digital technology on the well-being of adolescents is too small to warrant policy change.
Deloitte Access Economics looks ahead to 2019 against the context of the findings from Deloitte's Mobile Consumer Survey 2018 - the Australian Cut.
We released our Annual Impact report for 2018 at the AMTA Annual General Meeting on 29 November. AMTA CEO, Chris Althaus, noted that there is "an abundance of evidence that policy makers and regulators alike [globally] are attuned to the critical need for policy and regulatory settings that will allow 5G to flourish.”
AMTA recently submitted its views to the ACMA regarding options for the 26 GHz band and planning for the 28 GHz band in Australia. Both these bands are mmWave bands suitable for 5G.
With use of smartphones and tablets likely to ramp up with the launch of 5G; people can be concerned about the potential health effects. ABC News has recently explore and while 5G is new, the science around health effects discussed in the article remains the same.
The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast have provided mobile network operators with an opportunity to showcase 5G mobile technology.
Accessible Telecoms and GARI help consumers find a device with the accessibility features that work best for their particular needs.
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.