Is Australia ready for 5G: A new government and a new approach to spectrum regulation?

In late 2017, the Australian Government issued a paper, '5G – Enabling the future economy', setting out the roadmap for regulatory steps to be taken to support the rollout of 5G in Australia. The paper announced, among other matters, that the Government would support the early deployment of 5G in Australia by modernising the regulatory framework for the allocation and management of spectrum. 5G networks cannot be rolled out unless the necessary spectrum is available. Therefore ensuring spectrum availability, on a timely and efficient basis, is one of the most important regulatory actions that the Government can take.

Now the dust has settled on the recent federal election, we take a look at what the Government has achieved in this area and whether we can expect further regulatory change in the short term.

Read our full update on this here.

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