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5G Mobile technology showcased on the Gold Coast

The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast have provided Optus with an opportunity to showcase 5G mobile technology. The launch of  Optus 5G Live in Broadbeach has demonstrated 5G mobile capability powered through a live network, rather than through simulations.

Managing Director of Optus Networks Dennis Wong said,

“For people to be able to walk off the street and interact with real 5G technology is an incredibly exciting development as we continue towards leading in the delivery of the first phase of 5G technology in 2019.”

 “From being able to see 16 Gbps speeds through a 5G test room, to using a robotic arm to operate a vending machine, these experiences allow people to truly see how 5G may be integrated into day-to-day life - not just numbers on a screen,” said Mr Wong.

Telstra has also been trialling 5G technology over Easter and while the Games take place.  Telstra’s Mike Wright, Group Managing Director of Networks explains that Telstra is using the connectivity inside the recently opened 5G Gold Coast Innovation Centre located at the Telstra Exchange in Southport to power a series of Wi-Fi hotspots in the area.

While there are no 5G compatible commercial smartphones or tablets available today, Telstra is connecting 5G backhaul and infrastructure in the Southport Exchange to a standard Wi-Fi access point, so that people can use the technology on their existing device. This will be the first precinct of 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots in the world, allowing Gold Coast locals and visitors to enjoy free broadband while Telstra evaluates 5G technology.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia is also working to roll-out 5G in Australia with Dan Lloyd, Chief Strategy Officer, saying recently:

“In Australia, Vodafone is in a unique position to be able to leverage the global experience of our shareholders, Vodafone Group and Hutchison. For example, Vodafone Group recently completed the world’s first 5G call with Huawei.”

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“One of the biggest steps we have taken to get our mobile network 5G-ready is our “dark fibre” transmission network. In 2015, we started rolling out 4,000 kilometres of fibre to more than 3,000 of our sites across the country. This fibre acts like a highway with virtually unlimited lanes, meaning exponentially higher capacity and lower latency to enable the exciting applications we expect from 5G,”said Mr Lloyd.

For more information about 5G and how it will work as well as trials being conducted by AMTA members including Ericsson, Qualcomm, Nokia, Samsung, Huawei, Intel and ZTE click here.

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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.

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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.