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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




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.