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5G Explained: What is 5G & how will it work?

5G is the 5th generation of mobile networks enabling the connectivity of today’s modern society, the Internet of Things and tomorrow’s innovations. AMTA, in partnership with GSMA and MWF, has developed the 5G Explained series to provide a clear and simple explanation on how 5G actually works.  AMTA CEO Chris Althaus launched the 5G Explained series at the CommsDay Summit 2018 in Sydney.

"With 5G literally on our doorstep now, and set to revolutionise mobile connectivity, educational resources like this will certainly help in the 5G conversations that dominate discussion."                           

Chris Althaus, AMTA CEO

Most operators will initially integrate 5G networks with existing 4G networks to provide a continuous connection.  4G will provide the backbone and coverage layer for the new enhanced networks. When a 5G connection is established, the device will connect to both the 4G network to provide the control signalling and to the 5G network to help provide the fast data connection by adding to the existing 4G capacity. Where there is limited 5G coverage, the data is carried as it is today on the 4G network providing the continuous connection.  Essentially with this design, the 5G network is complementing the existing 4G network. Follow the links below for more information or download the PDF version 5G Explained Series
What is 5G?
What will 5G enable?
When will 5G be ready?
What will be the first applications for 5G?
What will 5G devices offer?
When will 5G devices be available?
How does 5G work?
5G working with 4G
How does 5G deliver continuous connection, greater capacity, and faster speed and response times?
5G Spectrum
Massive MIMO and beam steering antennas
5G delivering lower latency 
5G Resources and links


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.