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Electromagnetic energy levels near small cell mobile base stations very low, says ACMA Featured

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Electromagnetic energy (EME) levels at radio transmitters for mobile phone services at small cell sites across Australia are very low, according to a new report by the telecommunications regulator ACMA.

The report from the Australian Communications Media Authority show that, for all 59 small cell sites measured across Australia early this year. the EME levels in publicly accessible areas are less than 1% of the Australian Standard exposure limit for the general public.

Telcos install the radio transmitters on structures such as light poles, bus shelters and the sides of buildings.

The report on electromagnetic energy levels is part of ACMA’s cells compliance program, announced in April 2019.

The program assesses telcos’ compliance with the EME Standard for small cell deployments and is one of ACMA’s compliance priorities for 2019–20.

The ACMA, which says the measurement program will continue into 2020–21, is responsible for making sure people, equipment and devices comply with safe EME limits, consistent with the limits set by ARPANSA, the Australian Government’s expert agency on health matters related to EME.

For more information on EME, 5G and the safety of mobile networks click here.


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Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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