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Mobile Telecommunications - Current State of Play in Australia


Where is Australia’s mobile industry at? What is the pace of change taking place as we forge ahead to 5G?

The Unwired Revolution conference held by CommsDay in Sydney on 20 July in Sydney captured a diverse range of perspectives from key players in the mobile telecommunications industry. Four sessions covered industry status updates, policy reform and regulation, spectrum and of course 5G and the Internet of Things.

Senior decision-makers from government and industry shared their views and visions for a wireless world characterised by rapid change, intense competition and future scenarios that are likely to transform the way we live and work.

AMTA CEO Chris Althaus kicked-off the conference with an industry-wide perspective covering key developments and drivers shaping the mobile telecommunications industry. This included various insights on the journey to 5G and how such technology will transform most sectors and industries in a positive way.

Althaus acknowledged that change is inevitable and the opportunity to extract maximum social, economic and environment value from 5G and associated technologies, presents an exciting phase of development for the industry, as well as consumers and industrial end-users.

He also noted the infinite opportunities and new business value propositions that will be unlocked through 5G. "Identifying key vertical sectors’ requirements, anticipating relevant trends early and mapping them into the 5G design is a fundamental element for the 5G success” said Althaus.

The need to minimise the regulatory burden on business was also highlighted by Althaus, especially the need for a stronger 5G vision by Government. He also advoacted the need for greater policy awareness across portfolios of how 5G will be a key enabler of responsible prosperity and economic development.

Spectrum and deployment issues were also discussed within the context of requiring Government to act in a timely and efficient manner.

Other speakers at the Unwired Revolution event included, ACCC Chair Rod Sims, Nokia Australia MD Ray Owen, Ericsson Australia Head of Networks David Cooper, and numerous panelists from across the industry.

Download a copy of the Chris Althaus presentation here.

21 July 2017




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