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AMTA welcomes ACMA Review

The future of mobile telecommunications in Australia will stand to benefit from the current review of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The Federal Government has today announced that it wishes to modernise the ACMA and ensure that is can perform its role efficiently and effectively moving forward.

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes the Review and the resulting recommendations, especially where they directly reduce red-tape and enable industry to progress key initiatives and programs unhindered by regulatory barriers.

AMTA Chief Executive, Chris Althaus noted that timely implementation is critical when considered against the background of relentless change within the communications and media environment.

“The mobile telecommunications industry supports the recommendations to build on the ACMA’s first decade of operation and seek change so the ACMA can further support industry to maximise productivity, connectivity and sustainable economic growth. Execution is pivotal with such reviews and several key recommendations recognise this imperative,” said Althaus.

“Indeed recommendation #27 dealing with the creation of a contemporary regulatory framework, is a central measure in assisting the mobile telecommunications industry to thrive in a way that serves business, government and the community.”

The Review addresses several of the issues raised through AMTA’s earlier submission to the process.

“With the journey towards latest generation mobile technologies (5G) and all that goes with it in terms of the Internet of Things, and value-added services, AMTA believes that the Review’s recommendations rightly orient regulatory settings towards responsible economic growth. This is clearly noted in recommendation #18 with reference to regulator principles which enable industry to invest, develop and deliver telecommunications outcomes demanded by Australians” said Althaus.

“Above all, the need to promptly implement and resource the Review recommendations is essential” said Althaus.

In closing AMTA recognises the leadership of Acting Chairman Richard Bean and his team who have had responsibility for the ACMA during the Review period.

More information about the ACMA Review can be found on the Department of Communications and the Arts website.

22 May 2017



AMTA welcomes deployment regulation amendments

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes the announcement today from the Minister for Communications and the Arts, Mitch Fifield, regarding the progression of 10 reforms to the regulations governing the deployment of wireless and mobile networks in Australia; as well as further consultation on 11 other proposed reforms. In welcoming the announcement, AMTA Chief Executive, Chris Althaus noted the Government’s reform package will go some way towards enabling the deployment of the next generation 5G mobile networks which are expected to bring significant improvements in speed, quality and capacity for Australia’s data hungry consumers.  But he also noted there was still more to do. “This is a welcome and very important first step - in what we hope will be an ongoing engagement with government and stakeholders to develop a dynamic regulatory framework to meet the deployment challenges of next generation networks.

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5G gains momentum in 2018

AMTA is confident that the Government's 5G priorities will add momentum to our ongoing efforts to engage with industry verticals and the respective government departments outside of the communications portfolio with regard to the broader economic and social benefits of 5G.

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AMTA Annual Report 2017

In 2017, the strong demand for mobile services continues to have an impact on our economy and society as the industry shifts its focus in preparation for 5G, the next generation of mobile technology. AMTA’s latest Annual Report includes the following highlights: As industry prepares for 5G the need for regulatory reform in spectrum management and network infrastructure deployment is increasingly urgent. 5G Mobile – Enabling Businesses and Economic Growth Report by Deloitte Access Economics found that 5G is expected to further drive Australia’s digital economy. It will add to the already significant (and growing) $34 billion in long-term productivity benefits from mobile; and annual network spend from mobile providers is expected to reach $5.7 billion in FY2017-18. The MCF has focused on an agenda of legislative reform to support the efficient and flexible deployment of network infrastructure.


How will 5G improve network performance

While the technical standards for 5G are still being developed, experts agree that 5G will offer: Latency of less than 1ms; Ability to deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps and beyond; Energy efficiency in running 1000s of devices; and Improved network capacity by enabling millions of low bandwidth devices to connect simultaneously. Where 4G focussed on providing improved speed and capacity for individual mobile phone users, 5G will enable more industrial applications, and could be a major technological driver in industrial digitalisation. For more information about 5G read our latest report from Deloitte Access Economics. Download the complete report.