Focus on compliance – ACMA tune-up presentation
The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) recently (15/3/2017) presented an overview and results of its ongoing work to investigate interference and ensure that equipment used in Australia complies with the law.
Jim Linton - VK3PC
Attended by industry representatives and the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), the tune-up covered the ACMA Standards and operational staff activities for the 2016 calendar year.
The ACMA staff had found that most attention was on the telecommunication sector, which represented the highest economic and social impact of interference in Australia.
A possible review of the compliance principles used may trigger public consultation on whether the priorities in that area could be made more effective. The ACMA issued 309 warnings, held 130 education and awareness sessions, with the worst cases resulting in a few prosecutions and infringements.
At the open forum session following the presentation, many questions were asked and discussed, ranging from the use of 5G technology to interference mitigation. The WIA raised the issue of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT), which is on the agenda of the World Radiocommunications Conference in 2019, and bulk battery storage power systems. The ACMA indicated that it was alert to emerging trends involving these technologies and indicated awareness of some concern that, without adequate standards, they may result in spectrum pollution.
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