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AMTA Members Prepare for a 5G Future

5G – the next generation of mobile technology – promises to completely transform our lives by revolutionising transportation, health, agriculture, education and other sectors of industry.

In the recent Mobile Nation report, Deloitte Access Economics predicts:

“…that the next major phase of mobile developments is anticipated to launch the capabilities of our mobile devices to significantly greater and previously unimagined heights.”

While wide deployment of 5G is not anticipated before 2020, AMTA members are already collaborating and testing 5G technologies as carriers continue to invest in 4G (LTE and LTE-A) networks.

Ericsson and Telstra recently conducted outdoor tests of a 5G trial system in Melbourne. The purpose of the trial was to demonstrate 5G capabilities in a real world environment over a live network.

Ericsson is working with 24 service provider partners worldwide to develop 5G capability and is part of Verizon’s Technology Forum, a group that is working to define parameters for 5G specifications in advance of future standards.

Nokia is involved in a number of 5G innovation projects globally and is also working to promote 5G global standardisation and industrialisation.

Nokia is partnering with Optus and has conducted closed 5G trials in Sydney on a new 5G radio test bed on Nokia’s Airscale product.

Nokia and VHA have also recently conducted a public live demonstration of 5G in Sydney in partnership with the University of Technology (UTS). The public trial included a demonstration of potential applications - controlling a robot, virtual reality and speed tests using 5G capabilities.

Huawei and VHA are conducting tests of 5G technology that have included dense urban cityscape scenarios and Huawei is also partnering with Vodafone UK on 5G trials.

While the impact of 5G on daily life and work will be revolutionary, the technological changes will be more of an evolution, as 5G will necessarily build on 4G technology and networks.

5G will make networks faster and more responsive and the Internet of Things promises to connect everything – from cars and household appliances to livestock and crops in the field. The benefits for health, education, agriculture and transport logistics will be significant.

Some of the expected benefits of 5G include:

  • Smart cities
  • Safer cars and transport systems
  • Improvements to health e.g. remote monitoring and diagnostic tools
  • Use of real-time video, virtual and augmented reality will revolutionise education and training

The evolution of 5G technology promises to continue to deliver benefits across the whole economy by enabling faster mobile broadband speeds; providing the infrastructure to supporting the Internet of Things; and delivering new services and applications.

To deliver the benefits of 5G, the mobile industry will continue to invest in infrastructure and will rely on sound Government policies around the availability of radiofrequency spectrum and the ability to deploy networks.

Links to more about 5G innovation and development:

Ericsson - 5G for the networked society

Huawei - 5G the road to a super connected world

Nokia Networks - 5G creating a new era of communications

Qualcomm - 5G from those who brought you 3G and 4G