The working group will identify enablers and barriers to the
deployment and effective use of 5G in Australia, and examine how Commonwealth
regulatory settings can be optimised for 5G networks and technologies.
The Australian Government has formed
a 5G working group brings together representatives from across Government
and industry to foster an ongoing discussion on 5G issues.
The objective of the 5G working group is to foster an
ongoing 5G dialogue between industry, subject matter experts and Commonwealth
Government representatives on how best to realise the benefits of 5G across a
range of portfolios and sectors.
The working group is expected to meet at least twice each
year and its role will be reviewed by 30 June 2019.
The terms of reference step out the priorities for the
working group, which include:
The working group will be chaired by the Deputy Secretary,
Infrastructure and Consumer Group, Department of Communications and the Arts
(DoCA). Membership of the working group will be established on an invitation
basis. Initial membership will include senior representatives from Government,
industry (mobile carriers and equipment vendors) and peak bodies from the
In October 2017, the Australian Government released
a 5G directions paper. The paper, titled 5G—Enabling the future economy, outlines the immediate actions for Government to take that will support the timely rollout of 5G in Australia. The commercial rollout of 5G mobile networks
is expected to commence in 2020.
5th generation mobile networks or 5th generation
wireless systems, abbreviated 5G, are the proposed next telecommunications
standards beyond the current 4G/IMT-Advanced standards.
5G is viewed as a comprehensive wireless-access solution
with the capacity to address the demands and requirements of mobile
communication beyond 2020. It will support improved connectivity, significantly
faster data speeds, and very low latency. It can be an enabler for IoT
applications such as autonomous vehicles and VR/ AR.
Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialised agency for
information and communications technologies, has developed draft
technical specifications for 5G which include: high data rates (1 Gbps for
hotspots, 100 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload for wide-area coverage); massive
connectivity (1 million connections per square kilometre); ultra-low latency (1
millisecond); high reliability (99.999% for mission critical ‘ultra-reliable’
communications); and mobility at high speeds (up to 500 km/h i.e. high-speed
Government and areas
Subject matter experts may be invited to participate in the
working group on an issue by issue basis. Subject matter experts include academics
and peak consumer or industry bodies from other sectors (such as the National
Farmers Federation and the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications
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