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Mobile phone industry welcomes mobile TV announcement

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes the announcement by the Federal Government that it will allocate two unassigned channels of television broadcasting spectrum for new digital services, including mobile TV.

Mobile phone industry backs calls for more awareness of dangers of all driving distractions

The mobile phone industry backs the findings of a Victorian Parliamentary Road Safety Committee of the need for more public awareness of the dangers of non-electronic distractions while driving.

Music and sport helping to drive 3G mobile handset shipments

The popularity of music and sport on 3G phones is helping to drive high shipments of mobile phone handsets to Australia in the first half of this year.

Mobile phone industry welcomes release of RMIT report

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes this week’s release of comprehensive testing of RMIT building 108, AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said. He said an expert, peer-reviewed medical report on RMIT found no cancer cluster exists. The report also found that “there is no evidence to suggest that tumours identified resulted from an occupational cause within building 108”.

Beware of returning unrecognised missed mobile phone calls: industry warning

Mobile phone users should be careful returning missed calls when they don’t recognise the numbers, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) says in a new guide to help protect mobile users from unwanted and potentially costly messages.

World Environment Day – a time to act. Recycle your old mobiles

Are you one of the 67 percent of mobile phone users who have one or more mobile phones at home not being used? Don’t let them go to waste or end up in the bin – make a difference this World Environment Day on Monday, June 5, 2006, and hand ‘em in for recycling at your local Telstra Shop, Optus World, Vodafone store and 3 Shop. Telstra is calling on their staff, family and friends to do their bit for World Environment Day. Staff are being encouraged to drop off their old mobiles in their 6 coroporate offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Telstra has also invited local businesses to empty out their drawers, filing cabinets and briefcases and join them in their World Environment Day muster.

World Health Organisation Updates its view on Mobile Phones and Health and Cancer Clusters

Following a review of the scientific evidence on the health effects from continuous low-level human exposure to mobile phone base stations, the Word Health Organisation (WHO) has released a new fact sheet. The WHO update immediately follows the release of independent test results, which found the emissions from mobile phone base stations on the upper floors of RMIT’s Bourke Street building were more than 117,000 times below (or 0.00085% of) the Australian safety standard.

Australian mobile phone industry welcomes RMIT test results on base stations

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes the RMIT test results that show EME levels inside the Bourke Street building are many thousands of times below Australia’s safety standard. AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said the test results, which were well below national safety standards, provided more evidence that the levels of radio frequency fields from mobile base stations were extremely low.

Mobile towers safe according to science

Speculation regarding health issues and mobile telecommunications base stations is ignoring a huge body of local and international health research which has found no proven link between base stations and adverse health impacts, says the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA). This week the Electrical Trades Union in Victoria has called for workers to boycott working on sites involving mobile phone base stations/towers. AMTA is calling on the union to step back from this action as it ignores all the health research.

Swinburne brain study findings well within normal variations

The findings of the Swinburne study into cognitive effects associated with the use of mobile phones are not consistent with previous research on brain activity, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) said today.
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