5G Trials and Infrastructure
In the 2020-21 Budget, the Government provided $22.1 million in funding to support the private sector to invest in 5G trials to demonstrate the value 5G will bring to the Australian economy. Funding will be used to support emerging commercial use cases in key industry sectors such as agriculture, mining, medical technology and logistics.
In the 2020-21 Budget, the Government provided $7.2 million in funding to the Australian Communications and Media Authority to support the accelerated deployment of 5G infrastructure by improving the allocation and management of spectrum. The Authority will auction millimetre wave spectrum suitable to enable extremely fast, high-capacity services in April 2021 and is working to optimise arrangements in low and mid-band spectrum which will be crucial for broader geographic coverage of 5G services. The Government will also permit successful auction participants to pay by instalments for the next spectrum auction, freeing up capital for investment.