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Public awareness of 5G, particularly its impact on Australia’s economy, has focused on its implications for the National Broadband Network. As a result, a policy framework to drive the benefits of 5G has been neglected.


  • 5G is more than just a mobile technology. It will be the basis of a productivity ecosystem ("Industry 4.0") that will require Australian industry and the public sector to develop new levels of collaboration.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses Australian readiness to exploit 5G and achieve the related productivity benefits.
  • Assessesmthe implications of the ban on Chinese 5G vendors, and its long-term implications.
  • Summarizes the key elements of a national 5G roadmap to achieve the productivity benefits of 5G.

Key questions answered

  • In what areas is Australia well prepared for 5G, and in what areas is it lagging behind?
  • What can Australia do to accelerate the adoption of 5G and related technologies to promote productivity growth?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

The race to 5G

  • Why 5G matters
  • What makes 5G special
  • 5G is a race

The Australian approach: toward a 5G roadmap

  • Rollout facilitation
  • Spectrum allocation and efficiency
  • Security

Strengthening the 5G ecosystem

  • Public–private partnership models
  • The need for global partners

Australia's productivity challenge

  • Productivity is the focus
  • Action to develop the 5G ecosystem is required


  • Author