The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) is the peak national body representing Australia’s mobile telecommunications industry.
AMTA has welcomed the appointment of Paul Fletcher as Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts and is expecting to have a positive and productive relationship that supports Australia’s ongoing development and leadership in mobile telecommunications.
This key appointment comes at a timely moment for the mobile sector, with the launch of 5G an obvious priority requiring the engagement of the new Minister to ensure a policy and regulatory environment that allows Australia and Australians to leverage the full potential of the latest generation mobile services.
A recent report from AMTA and Deloitte Access Economics called Mobile Nation – The 5G Future, highlights the significant opportunities enabled by advanced 4G and 5G networks. The report shows that the mobile industry is already a significant contributor to the Australian economy, supporting nearly $23 billion of Australia’s GDP, while advanced mobile services are forecast to boost the economy by $65 billion in 2023.
“The mobile industry is an enabler of economic growth and the rollout of 5G will deliver even more significant economic and social benefits, enhancing productivity, GDP and employment opportunities to name a few, so it is crucial that the government maintains its focus on this opportunity.
We congratulate Paul Fletcher and very much look forward to working with the Minister who brings a wealth of direct portfolio experience and knowledge to his new role as Communications Minister. This is an important time for industry and government collaboration, as we need to ensure a clear path for network deployment and allocation of spectrum is developed to enable an effective 5G future that will benefit Australian business and society while keeping Australia at the forefront of next generation mobile telecommunications.
AMTA also thanks and acknowledges outgoing Minister Fifield for his contribution to the Communications portfolio and congratulates him on his appointment as Australia’s next Ambassador to the United Nations.”AMTA CEO, Chris Althaus