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5G - A Connected Future for Australia

Positively transforming industries, sectors and communities

5G is the next generation of mobile technologies, designed to support new and diverse services that will transform the way we live and work.

AMTA has published an introductory brochure explaining the significance, role and benefits of 5G. Download a copy here. This document is ideal for those seeking an overview of the key issues.

5G will deliver faster speeds with greater real-time control, networks with greater capacity and lower latency. In doing so 5G will enable connectivity to billions of devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) and a truly connected society. Examples include driverless vehicles, immersive virtual reality video, smart homes, smart cities and highly automated industrial processes.

Australia’s 5G future will require Government to work collaboratively with the mobile telecommunications industry to provide optimal policy settings to support the deployment of 5G mobile networks. The allocation of new radio-frequency spectrum as well as updated regulation to support efficient mobile network deployment are two key Government responsibilities that are critical to the success of 5G.

The mobile telecommunications sector will continue to drive the evolution of 5G. Industry is focused on being prepared and ready to ensure that 5G meets expectations and delivers value across industries, sectors and communities. Government has a key role in ensuring that key policy and regulatory settings (eg. - spectrum management and network deployment rules) are streamlined and support the mobile telecommunications industry to deliver the 5G step-change in network performance that will support a connected society.

5G in partnership with 4G will continue and enhance the role of mobile telecommunications as a driver / enabler of productivity and connectivity throughout the economy and society.

AMTA will work cooperatively with Government to create Australia’s 5G connected future.

For more information download the AMTA 5G Mobile Minute.

10 July 2017

 

 

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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.

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Flexibility in Network Deployment Regulations

The Department of Communications and the Arts has just completed its public consultation on a suite of amendments to the regulatory framework governing carriers’ deployment of mobile network infrastructure. AMTA joined Communications Alliance in welcoming the opportunity to provide comment on the DoCA consultation paper.

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Melbourne Seminar on 5G and EMF

As part of the process the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and the Mobile Wireless Forum (MWF) delivered a seminar in Melbourne last week to discuss the latest on the international EMF (Electromagnetic fields) exposure and compliance testing standards for 5G.

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ARPANSA's latest literature review reports on new Australian study which finds no increase in brain cancer with mobile phone use

In The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA's) regular EMR literature survey for May 2016, ARPANSA report on the recent Australian study by Professor Simon Chapman which asks the question "Has the incidence of brain cancer risen in Australia since the introduction of mobile phones 29 years ago?".  The paper pubslished in cancer epidermology compared mobile phone ownership with the incidence of brain cancer in Australia.  In the study, brain cancer incidence rates from 1982 to 2012 are compared with the number of mobile phone accounts in the Australian population from 1987 to 2012. The study found that although mobile phone use increased from 0% to 94% during the 30 year period brain cancer incidence rates were stable.  This finding is consitent with previous studies in the US, UK. New Zealand and Nordic countries. See ARPANSA's commentary here: Full paper may be found here: