AMTA supports the development of new international IEC security standards for mobile devices

The Australian mobile telecoms industry is committed to bringing new and faster services to the Australian community and is delivering on that commitment while playing a leading role in the development of new international mobile phone security standards.

The latest 5G EME base station test standards were recently agreed at the IEC meeting in the University of Naples, Italy, along with a major new five-year strategic plan to provide advanced 5G electromagnetic field assessment standards and technical reports for base stations and devices and new Electric Vehicle Safety Rating Standards.

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), the highest national organization representing Australia’s mobile communications industry, supports the development of the new international IEC safety standards for mobile communications, which was led by two dedicated industry members, Mike Wood and Des Ward.

AMTA CEO Louise Hyland said the latest 5G EME base station test standard is another significant milestone for 5G in Australia as the wireless industry continues to strive to instill public confidence in the safety of the technology.

“With the global acceleration of smart sustainable cities and the rapid rollout of 5G networks, the new international mobile phone security standards reflect the latest scientific and technological updates and international best practices, ensuring the Australian public can have confidence in mobile phone security technologies used, as they adopt them in their everyday life. said Hyland

Approving the latest EMF assessment standards for 5G base stations means communities will enjoy more specific, detailed EME reports for the areas in which they live.

Current assessment methods are conservative, as evidenced by recent ACMA audits for 5G base stations, where calculated EME values ​​were typically more than 10 times higher than measured values.

The new standard specifically focuses on test methods to achieve the most accurate assessment of 5G base stations and includes EME case studies from Australian 5G networks. It is recommended to use the “actual maximum” transmission levels from real site operation and not the “weighted maximum” which is generally not reached during operation.

Mike Wood, Chair of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC106, said: “Harnessing the collaborative power of academia, industry, government and test labs all working together is what leads to world best practices.”

“It is a great honor to lead this team of international experts who contribute to the continued security of all communities,” says Holz

Des Ward, Co-Convener of the IEC, said: “This new edition is the result of the combined efforts and contributions of a range of experts from more than 15 countries on every continent, including academia, industry, governments and testing laboratories.”

The 2022 edition of the IEC 62232 standard was adopted with the highest score of 100% positive votes, with key updates including:

• Extended frequency range from 100MHz to 300GHz to support millimeter waves

• Evaluation of antennas using beamforming

• Evaluation methods based on actual transmission levels from base stations during operation

• Case studies from active 5G networks, illustrating the monitoring and control of transmission levels

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