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AMTA welcomes 5G focus

AMTA welcomes the Government’s initiative in developing a 5G Directions Paper which outlines a 5G policy approach for Australia including the establishment of a 5G Working Group to facilitate an ongoing collaborative dialogue with industry.

“5G - the next evolution in mobile technologies will offer unprecedented productivity and connectivity enabling impacts for Australia’s economy and society” AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said.

“5G will be a core element of increasing connectivity that will enable innovations such as the Internet of Things, enhanced mobile broadband, massive and critical machine communications - all essential to a successful digital economy and networked society” he added.

AMTA supports the Government’s objective to “create an environment that allows Australia’s telecommunications industry to be at the forefront of seizing the benefits of 5G across our economy.”

While the mobile industry will lead the roll out of 5G networks across Australia, there is an imperative role for Government to support 5G through policy and regulatory settings.

Against this background AMTA strongly supports the Government’s “immediate actions” as set out in the 5G Directions paper including:

  • making spectrum available in a timely manner
  • actively engaging in the international standardisation process
  • streamlining arrangements to allow mobile carriers to deploy infrastructure more quickly and at lower cost, and
  • reviewing existing telecommunications regulatory arrangements to ensure they are fit-for-purpose in the 5G era.

With commercial deployment of 5G anticipated around 2020, AMTA members are already testing 5G technologies as well as investing and expanding 4G applications and services.

AMTA looks forward to ongoing dialogue with Government on 5G to identify and remove regulatory barriers and maximise the innovation and opportunity it will enable throughout our economy and society.

12 October 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.