Feeds

ICIA rejects calls to block phone use in cinemas

Irish mobecos say change of behaviour needed

The essential guide to IT transformation

The mobile phone industry has rejected calls to block the use of mobile phones in cinemas and theatres, describing the idea as inappropriate and impractical.

Irish Cellular Industry Association (ICIA) director Tommy McCabe described the use of mobile phones in places like theatres as a behavioural issue, and one that should be addressed through education.

"While appreciating the concerns of those parties that are affected by the inappropriate use of mobile phones, it is the ICIA's view that the use of jammers or interceptors would be a drastic response, disproportionate to the issues identified," McCabe said.

"The use of interceptors would generate significantly greater concerns for users, venues and operators - particularly where public safety is concerned."

Although the problem of mobile phones being used in inappropriate places is a nuisance, it seems that blocking their use would create even more headaches. The technology is intended to block all calls apart from emergency calls.

McCabe said the use of interceptors would necessitate "significant network re-design" to limit the use of phones in the venues, but that there was no guarantee it would work completely, nor could it guarantee the restrictions would not affect those in the surrounding area.

ComReg recently came under fire by one of Ireland's largest cinema groups for its ruling that cinemas wishing to install mobile phone interceptors would require the consent of the mobile operators.

McCabe also pointed out that mobile phones have the ability to be switched to silent mode, allowing parents to stay in contact with babysitters, for example, without disturbing those around them.

The ICIA is an alliance of the Irish mobile operators and handset manufacturer Nokia.

Copyright © 2006, ENN

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices
Screw copper phone lines, we're UNIQUE, bleats telco
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?
Oh, you've dialled the wrong number for ad fibs, rules ASA
EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder
Carrier is 'aware' of cockup, working on a fix NOW
ROAD TRIP! An FCC road trip – Leahy demands net neutrality debate across US
You crashed watchdog's site, now time to crash its ears
Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH
Congratulations, world media, for rediscovering submarine cable armour
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?