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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


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