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AMTA Members Prepare for a 5G Future

5g.jpg5G – the next generation of mobile technology – promises to completely transform our lives by revolutionising transportation, health, agriculture, education and other sectors of industry. In the recent Mobile Nation report, Deloitte Access Economics predicts: “…that the next major phase of mobile developments is anticipated to launch the capabilities of our mobile devices to significantly greater and previously unimagined heights.” While wide deployment of 5G is not anticipated before 2020, AMTA members are already collaborating and testing 5G technologies as carriers continue to invest in 4G (LTE and LTE-A) networks. Ericsson and Telstra recently conducted outdoor tests of a 5G trial system in Melbourne. The purpose of the trial was to demonstrate 5G capabilities in a real world environment over a live network.

AMTA announces OPPO as new member of MobileMuster

OPPO .jpgThe Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) is pleased to announce that smartphone manufacturer, OPPO, has joined the mobile telecommunications industry’s official recycling program, MobileMuster, which provides a free take back program for old mobiles and accessories, keeping them out of landfill. The Chief Executive Officer of AMTA, Chris Althaus says, “The mobile telecommunications industry is delighted to welcome global smartphone manufacturer OPPO to our world-class recycling program. “MobileMuster’s members promise to keep old mobiles out of landfill and recycle them in a responsible, secure and environmentally sound way, placing reusable commodities back into the supply chain. OPPO joins mobile handset manufacturers Microsoft, Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Huawei, ZTE, Alcatel and network operators Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile who work in collaboration to provide a free national recycling program to their customers.

Calling Triple Zero from your Mobile

Triple0Link.jpgWe are all used to relying on our mobile in our day to day life; and in an emergency situation your mobile may well be the first thing you reach for. Around 70% of calls to Australia’s emergency number, Triple Zero now originate from a mobile rather than a landline. Australia’s environment is susceptible to the threat of bushfires and extreme weather events and accidents can happen at any time - so it’s important to know the facts about how to make a call to emergency services from your mobile and how to be prepared for an emergency. Call Triple Zero in an emergency Triple Zero (000) is Australia’s primary emergency call number and should be used in urgent medical or life-threatening situations to contact police, fire or ambulance services.

Important information for customers with a Samsung Note 7

Samsung.jpgSamsung Electronics Australia updated their advice for customers as at 11 October 2016.

iParent - where parents can learn about the digital environment

isafety.PNGTeenagers are great adopters of the latest technology and this includes mobiles, Apps, the internet and all that the digital age has to offer. Mobile technology has many benefits for teenagers - it can help them connect with family and friends and develop a sense of belonging amongst their peers;  it can keep them safe and in contact with their parents so they can text parents to let them know the school bus is running late. Mobiles can also be used in an educational setting and be used as a tool to create and edit digital content. However, the same technology can also be used by some to cause harm to others in ways ranging from cyberbullying to inappropriate content as well as more predatory and even criminal behaviour. There are risks associated with being online and teenagers and their parents need to be aware of the dangers so they can help minimise these risks.

Hearing Awareness Week

people texting.jpgThis week is Hearing Awareness Week which is an annual initiative by the National Relay Service to raise awareness of the needs of Australians who are deaf or hearing impaired. Mobile phones and the capability to use text messaging, instant messaging apps, video call apps (such as FaceTime), email and social media have enabled many deaf or hearing impaired people to communicate more easily and independently than ever before.  And businesses that provide alternate contact methods for customers such as email, text or social media are also important in ensuring accessibility for everyone. However, the National Relay Service provides a vital safety net service for deaf and hearing/speech impaired people so that they can communicate by phone using various relay methods including internet relay and SMS relay for mobile users.

Digital lives of older Australians

elderly people using phone.jpgOlder Australians are increasingly embracing digital life according to the latest ACMA research. The ACMA’s - “Digital lives of older Australians”- research snapshot looks at online engagement for Australians aged over 65 and the findings may be surprising for some. The results showed that older Australians are increasingly going online and accessing the internet at a higher rate than their peers in the USA and UK. Key findings of the research: 71% of older Australians went online in the three months to June 2015, with 79% of older Australians accessing the internet at some point in their lives. While older Australians access the internet less frequently than younger people, 85% of them still go online at least once per day and 50% of them access the internet three or more times per day Older Australians overwhelmingly prefer to access the internet from home (98%), however they are keen users of tablets (18%) compared to younger adults (16%).

Business community unites to keep workers safe on the road

keep your eyes on the road.PNGA coalition of Australian road safety authorities, research institutes, motoring clubs, peak medical bodies, insurance and telecommunications companies has today released the first ever comprehensive national Mobile Phone Use in Vehicles Policy Guide (Guide) to protect workers from unsafe driving conditions. The Guide and Safe Use of Mobiles in Vehicles (SUMV) campaign launched by the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP), outlines how organisations can manage the risk of smartphone distraction in vehicles by developing and successfully implementing a policy tailored to their business environment and worker needs. Australian businesses are being urged to take advantage of the Guide to ensure their workers are aware of unsafe driving practices and organisations are providing a safe vehicle environment to help minimise risk. See the full press release here   

ARPANSA's latest literature review reports on new Australian study which finds no increase in brain cancer with mobile phone use

man on mobile in field.jpgIn The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA's) regular EMR literature survey for May 2016, ARPANSA report on the recent Australian study by Professor Simon Chapman which asks the question "Has the incidence of brain cancer risen in Australia since the introduction of mobile phones 29 years ago?".  The paper pubslished in cancer epidermology compared mobile phone ownership with the incidence of brain cancer in Australia.  In the study, brain cancer incidence rates from 1982 to 2012 are compared with the number of mobile phone accounts in the Australian population from 1987 to 2012. The study found that although mobile phone use increased from 0% to 94% during the 30 year period brain cancer incidence rates were stable.  This finding is consitent with previous studies in the US, UK. New Zealand and Nordic countries. See ARPANSA's commentary here: Full paper may be found here: 

ARPANSA says there is no established scientific evidence that the use of mobile phones causes any health effects

doctor using phone.jpgA large number of studies have been performed to investigate whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. It is the assessment of The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and other national and international health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO), that there is no established scientific evidence that the use of mobile phones causes any health effects. However the possibility of harm cannot be completely ruled out.   See full article here.
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