5G and the NBN

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.





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.