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.” Althaus said, “We look forward to continuing to work with government to ensure policy and regulatory arrangements for network deployment better reflect the design architecture and operating characteristics of 5G networks”
The 10 amendments to the Low Impact Facilities Determination and related regulations permit a range of abbreviated planning pathways that facilitate the deployment of mobile and wireless network infrastructure such as for mobile phone networks and the NBN, where the infrastructure has a minimal visual or other amenity impact on affected communities.
For mobile phone network infrastructure, the planning exemptions are coupled to a mandatory industry code which governs the consultation processes the industry must undertake when deploying infrastructure under the Low Impact Facilities Determination.
The Determination, along with its related regulations, are aimed at facilitating the provision of up to date telecommunications to all Australians, along with the important economic and social productivity benefits that such technologies bring to Australian communities.
The suite of 10 amendments announced today will further assist the delivery of essential mobile telecommunications infrastructure and continues the Government’s drive towards efficient and fit for purpose regulation in this important area.
Chris Althaus - AMTA CEO M 0417 270 689 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), is the peak industry body representing Australia’s mobile telecommunications industry. Its mission is to promote an environmentally, socially and economically responsible, successful and sustainable mobile telecommunications industry in Australia, with members including the mobile carriage service providers, handset manufacturers, network equipment suppliers, retail outlets and other suppliers to the industry. Visit the AMTA website for more information: http://www.amta.org.au.