What is the MCF?

“Committed to addressing the social, environmental and political issues – relating to mobile infrastructure deployment and network operations – with a clear focus on the interests of the community”

The Mobile Carriers Forum (MCF) is an industry group representing the four mobile phone carriers deploying mobile networks in Australia, namely Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) and TPG. The MCF is a division of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), the peak industry body for the mobile telecommunications industry. The MCF is a specialised AMTA Forum that deals specifically with issues related to the deployment and operation of mobile phone networks.

The MCF is made up of a National Council who oversees and directs the work of the MCF, with  representatives from each carrier. It has also formed several National Taskforces working on specific issues, such as the Deployment Code, Compliance and EME regulations and site design management. The MCF has also established state based regional forums to address region specific issues and implement the MCF’s best practice policies at a local level.

The MCF has a National Program Manager and secretariat support. The Program Manager is responsible for the implementation and management of the National MCF Work Program.

The five key functions of the MCF are:

  • Co-ordination in deployment and network operations and co-operation with stakeholders
  • Enhanced communication, education and consultation
  • Mobile carrier industry liaison with Government and other industry stakeholders
  • Research and development of best practice in deployment and network operations
  • Coordination of RF Safety Compliance processes and systems