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New Mobile Nation Report - the 5G Future

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.

Small cells, media and the nocebo effect - an expert opinion.

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.

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New ARPANSA study finds no link between mobile phone use and brain cancers

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.

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Our Impact 2018

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.”

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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.