23 September 2019

The Future of 5G: Government Enquiry

This article was written by Kate Creighton-Selvay and Kendra Fouracre.

5G, the next evolution of mobile technology, has already landed in Australia with both Telstra and Optus recently launching 5G products in selected areas.[1] When it is fully rolled out, 5G has the potential to offer an unprecedented combination of high speeds, low latency and wide coverage which has not been possible with 2G, 3G or 4G technology.

But what does that mean for Australian consumers, and Australian businesses? 

5G has already been touted as being a catalyst to transform not only how Australians live and work but how industries connect and innovate. This potential applies to a wide swath of industries including transport, logistics, entertainment and health by underpinning the development of smart cities, Internet of Things, automated vehicles and remote connectivity (eg remote surgery).[2]

To explore this potential, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts (Committee) has recently launched an enquiry on the deployment, adoption and application of 5G in Australia.

The Committee’s terms of reference are to:

  1. Investigate the capability, capacity and deployment of 5G; and
  2. Understand the application of 5G, including use cases for enterprise and government.

The Committee will not be considering matters relating to national security.

These broad terms of reference provide a unique opportunity for companies across Australia who are considering how they can harness the potential of 5G to underpin innovation and future growth strategy to engage with the government on how 5G is relevant to your industry.

Submissions to the enquiry close on 1 November 2019 – we’d love to hear from you if you would like assistance with a submission, or to chat about how 5G could impact your organisation, including through autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things or other potential uses cases.



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