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Mobile World Congress 2018: Setting the stage for our mobile future

It is no surprise that 5G has taken centre stage at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 as countries, including Australia, look to enable the smooth deployment of 5G over the coming years. Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA opened the event by talking about the year of Intelligent Connectivity and how 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT will set the stage for future technological development.

“Fuelled by the availability of high-speed connectivity, the mass-market adoption of smartphones and the power of machine learning. AI will deliver a new category of products and services, many of which will not be tied to existing devices.”

Chris Althaus, Chief Executive of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association is currently in Barcelona attending the event. On show are innovations aimed at Creating a Better Future: autonomous cars, connected homes, health solutions...and even astronauts! He has come across everything from virtual assistants to surgical robots, taking part in demonstrations and discussions on what the future will bring and how to ensure intelligent regulation. 

As part of the MWC the GSMA released their Mobile Economy report which measures the mobile industry’s increasing role in contributing to economic growth and social development. Globally, mobile accounted for 4.5 per cent of GDP in 2017, a contribution equivalent to $3.6 trillion in economic value added. They forecast that this will increase to $4.6 trillion, or 5 per cent of GDP, by 2022 as countries around the globe increasingly benefit from the improvements in productivity and efficiency. 

In terms of social development mobile technology is being positioned to address the challenges of access, cost and quality of service in key sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, utilities, education and financial services. Following the mobile industry’s commitment to helping deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) two years ago, the report notes that the industry is making an important contribution across all 17 SDGs as a result of three key trends: better networks, greater connectivity and increased use of mobile-enabled services.





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.