As the industry works to deliver fifth-generation mobile technology by 2020, AMTA believes 5G will not operate in isolation and will form part of the broader telecommunications ecosystem.
AMTA Chief Executive, Chris Althaus sees a complementary relationship between the mobile ecosystem, including 5G, and NBN particularly, as mobile operators continue to use fixed line network infrastructure to transport growing volumes of data traffic.
Lastest statistics from the ABS also show that the amount of data Australians consume continues to increase. Over 90% of download traffic currently takes place over fixed networks with fixed connections generally offering fast download speeds and large data plans.
AMTA acknowledges that for some consumers the introduction of 4G/5G will raise competitive tensions in the market. 5G, which will bring faster speeds and lower latency, will deliver applications and service options in competition to NBN services. Just like previous generations of mobile technology, 5G will have a significant impact on Australia’s economy. 5G will fuel economic growth by boosting productivity and workforce participation. For more information about 5G read our latest report from Deloitte Access Economics. Download the complete report.