Australia Updates Mobile Phone Base Station Requirements Document
Friday, June 29, 2018 | Comments

Australia’s Communications Alliance released a new “Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment” draft industry code for public comment. Comments are due July 20.

The 2018 industry code (C564:2018) replaces the registered 2011 Mobile Phone Base Station Deployment Industry Code (C564:2011).

The code is designed to enable the community and councils to have greater participation in decisions made by carriers when deploying mobile phone base stations, as well as provide greater transparency to local community and councils when a carrier is planning, selecting sites for, installing and operating mobile phone radiocommunications infrastructure.

Although the code cannot change the regulatory and legislative regime at the local, state or federal level, it can supplement the existing requirements already imposed on carriers by requiring them to consult with the local community and to adopt a precautionary approach in planning, installing and operating mobile phone radiocommunications infrastructure.

The 2018 revision of the code includes:
• Updates to notifications provided when more than one site address exists;
• Updates to address changes made to Australia Post’s standard delivery times, blackout periods for notifications and the inclusion of electronic communications;
• Refinements to the handling of complaints;
• Changes to address the current way stakeholders are notified via newspaper, electronically and social media;
• Amendments to address the introduction of new technologies;
• The review and revision of the appendices to ensure the information provided is relevant and up to date.

The document is here.

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