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ACMA seizes 100 radio jammers

Hamish Barwick | July 11, 2013
Telecommunications watchdog says the jammers pose a high risk to radiofrequency spectrum.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has intercepted 100 prohibited mobile phone and GPS jammers.

Working with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Australia Post, the jammers were seized from international mail shipments over a seven-month period.

According to ACMA executive manager, Mark Loney, jammers pose a high risk to the integrity of the Australian radiofrequency spectrum.

"If you try to bring a prohibited device into Australia, it can be seized under arrangements that the ACMA has established with other agencies," he said. "Anyone found possessing or operating a prohibited device faces substantial penalties."

For example, if a person operates, owns or supplies a jammer, they could be imprisoned for two years. A corporate organisation may receive a fine of up to $255,000.

In addition, ACMA has the power to enforce a five-year prison sentence or penalty of up to $850,000 for individuals or companies who cause substantial interference to radio communications used by fire, police and ambulance services.

 

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