ACMA seeks input on 6 GHz EME issues

Australian Communications and Media Authority

By Jonathan Nally
Thursday, 30 January, 2020


ACMA seeks input on 6 GHz EME issues

The ACMA is seeking input on its proposal to make the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Amendment Standard 2020 (No. 1).

According to the Authority, 5G deployments in mmWave bands will need handsets that operate on frequencies above 6 GHz. But at present, there are no completed international standards on assessment methods for devices operating above 6 GHz that are used near the head or body.

The rulemaking proposal — which was foreshadowed last year — would amend the Radiocommunications (Electromagnetic Radiation – Human Exposure) Standard 2014 to ensure there are rules in place for devices operating above 6 GHz.

A consultation paper, as well as a draft of the amendment instrument, are available for viewing on the ACMA website.

The consultation closes Thursday, 12 March 2020.

For an overview of electromagnetic energy and specific absorption rate considerations, please see Chris Zombolas’s (EMC Technologies) article published by Critical Comms last October.

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