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New Report: Australia's 5G Mobile Pathway to 2020

18 October 2017

An important analysis of latest generation mobile telecommunications; 5G Mobile – Enabling Businesses and Economic Growth, was released today at an event in Parliament House, Canberra, with a special address from Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications.

The report from Deloitte Access Economics commissioned by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) details that:

  • facilitation and roll out of 5th generation mobile telecommunications (5G) is expected to further drive Australia’s digital economy and add to the already significant (and growing) $34 billion in long-term productivity benefits from mobile
  • annual network spend from mobile providers would reach up to $5.7 billion and likely to grow in FY2017-18
  • examples of sectors and industries that will benefit from 5G such as manufacturing, energy and utilities, automotive and transport, financial services, health, education and media / entertainment
  • the expansion of products and applications expected to accelerate under 5G – for both large industry, small to medium enterprises and consumers – based on new opportunities arising from applications such as artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, Internet of Things, self-driving cars, plus virtual and augmented reality.

“5G is the next evolution in mobile technologies which will offer unprecedented productivity and connectivity enabling impacts for Australia’s economy and society. This represents an evolution that will feature the ‘industrial internet’ which will greatly expand and diversify the range and impact of mobile applications and services,” said Chris Althaus, CEO, AMTA.

“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.

"Every generation of mobile technology has generated very real economic and social benefits for Australia, across public and private sectors and individuals and communities across in urban, regional and rural areas across the country,” said Deloitte Access Economics partner and lead report author, John O’Mahony.

“This will certainly be the case with 5G – if it is rolled out and harnessed in the right way,” he said.

“5G will require significant investment, but this investment will also deliver significant returns in areas as diverse as time savings, enhanced opportunities for businesses and governments to develop new products and services that go to the very core of the way we do things.”

The report also identifies a key role for government to develop a clear 5G policy agenda – a commitment announced by Minister Fifield last week in the Government’s 5G Directions Paper.

“The Government announcing their 5G road map which includes immediate priorities targeting spectrum availability, streamlining network deployment regulation and fit-for-purpose regulatory frameworks has strong support from the industry and very much reflects the key themes articulated and expanded in 5G Mobile – Enabling Businesses and Economic Growth report,” said Althaus.

This report builds on previous reports from AMTA’s Mobile Nation series and can be found here.

Photo: Stuart MacIntyre (Director of Optus Business Technology and AMTA Chairman), Senator Mitch Fifield (Minister for Communications), Chris Althaus (AMTA CEO) and John O’Mahony (Deloitte Access Economics partner and lead report author).

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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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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: