ACMA amends mobile phone jammer prohibition

23 01 2009

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (‘ACMA’) after a public consultation process has amended the Mobile Phone Jammer Prohibition on 21 January 2009, which now lifts one of the greatest regulatory impediments to allowing in flight mobile telephone use on aircraft.

The amendment was by way of an exemption allowing for the operation of a device if:

a. the device is designed to facilitate a cellular mobile telephone service onboard an aircraft operating within another frequency; and

b. the device is operated for that purpose.

This is a huge step forward, but don’t expect in flight mobile telephone use anytime soon, as the ACMA must first establish radio communications licensing arrangements to facilitate this.

This comes hot on the heels of in flight wireless internet trials in Europe. Watch this space for more Telecommunications Law updates and information.

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