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Australia Plans to Update Bans on Cellphone Jammers
Source: cellular-news.com
Source Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management, Internet Governance
Country: Australia
Created: Nov 15, 2010

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is proposing to continue to prohibit the supply, possession and operation of jamming devices designed to deliberately interfere with public mobile telecommunication services, including 3G networks and equivalent services such as mobile WiMAX.

"The ACMA acknowledges the unanimous support for the continuation of a ban on mobile phone jammers," said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman.

"In developing this proposal, we also noted the strong support in the community for regulatory arrangements that protect mobile telecommunications services from unwanted and potentially harmful interference, and safeguard the community's access to Triple Zero emergency call services," Mr Chapman added.

"Since the original prohibition was made in March 1999, technological, economic and social developments have resulted in a proliferation of devices that consumers use for the purposes of wireless communications. Mobile networks now offer ubiquitous broadband access, in addition to traditional voice services, and there is a growing reliance on mobile connectivity for personal and business transactions. These changes make the case for continuing a ban even more compelling, and this is reflected in the new, updated prohibition proposal."

The ACMA's proposal to make a new PMTS Jammer Prohibition follows a review of the current prohibition, details of which are on the ACMA website.
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