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Phone paper mobilizes for 5G future

The Department of Communications and the Arts has released a directions paper on the introduction of 5G mobile technology in Australia.

Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield said the people of Australia had shown an appetite for mobile technology using existing 3G and 4G networks and the significant technological advances offered by 5G would provide new opportunities across a range of sectors.

“The Government’s work will support the timely rollout of 5G in Australia to enable the next wave of broad-based industry productivity and to foster the growth of Australia’s digital economy,” Senator Fifield said.

“The commercial rollout of 5G mobile networks is expected to commence in 2020.”

Introduction plan out

He said 5G would support improved connectivity, significantly faster data speeds, and very low latency.

He said the directions paper indicated support for the 5G rollout in Australia by making spectrum available in a timely manner; engaging in international standardisation processes; streamlining planning arrangements; and reviewing existing telecommunications regulatory arrangements to ensure they were fit-for-purpose in the 5G era.

Senator Fifield said 5G would be a key enabler for a range of Government priorities, including the Digital Economy Strategy, policy development for autonomous vehicles, and the Smart Cities Plan.

“To improve alignment across portfolios, the Department of Communications and the Arts will establish a working group that will bring together representatives from across Government and industry.

“This working group will provide a platform for an ongoing strategic dialogue on 5G, and will work to ensure that sectoral regulatory frameworks are updated to take advantage of 5G,” the Minister said.

He said the commercial rollout of 5G mobile networks was expected to commence in 2020.