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Australia - Mobile Broadband - Statistics, LTE and 5G

Australia - Mobile Broadband - Statistics, LTE and 5G

Increasingly in an era leaning further to mobile data than voice, mobile networks must offer sufficient performance for customers.

The three LTE networks operated by Optus, Telstra and Vodafone have developed rapidly during the past three years as these players strive to provide an infrastructure capable of meetings customer demand for mobile broadband services.

These MNOs have invested in spectrum and network upgrades to bolster network capacity, while the geographic extension of LTE will see wider take-up from consumers in coming years. Given that about 90% of all mobile device sales are now smartphones, the growth in mobile data traffic is increasing rapidly.

5G represents the next evolution in mobile technologies. It is expected to support an immense increase in data rates, at 1Gb/s and higher, reduce latency and enable networks to connect a vast number of devices. 5G is only one element of a larger ecosystem that includes broadband access, Internet of Things (IoT), M2M, cloud computing, data centres and data analytics. Only when 5G is deployed within that broader ecosystem will operators be able to reap the benefits of this new technology.

The auction of unused spectrum in the 1800MHz band further improved the ability of MNVOs to extend their LTE services, while proposals by the ACMA to release spectrum in a range of bands through to 2024 should see strong growth in the areas of 5G and IoT.

Australia's mobile network operators continue to work towards the launch of 5G, laying foundations for the next-generation network, and continued to develop and enhance their existing 4G networks on the upgrade pathway to 5G. 5G services in Australia are scheduled to be launched from 2020.

This report provides an overview of the mobile broadband market in Australia, including updated statistics, industry estimates and forecasts, and analyses of key market trends. It also provides data and analysis on a range of mobile technologies in Australia, as well as an assessment of network developments.

Key developments:

Mobile broadband, 4G LTE, 5G, five-band carrier aggregation; Google's Project Loon, spectrum reallocation 850MHz VoLTE services;

Companies mentioned in this report:

VHA, Vodafone, 3, Optus, Huawei, Telstra, Vividwireless, Ericsson, EnergyAustralia, SingTel, Unwired, Kogan Mobile


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
2.1 Mobile broadband to drive structural change
2.2 Mobile broadband slowly substitutes fixed services
3. Mobile broadband market statistics
3.1 Mobile broadband subscribers
3.2 Fixed wireless broadband market
3.2.1 Overview
4. High-speed mobile network Technology
4.1 High-speed packet access (HSPA) Background information
4.2 LTE Background information
4.3 4G - Long-term Evolution (LTE)
4.3.1 Background information
4.3.2 Australian Market
4.3.3 Average LTE speeds
4.4 LTE-B
4.5 VoLTE
4.6 Small Cell Technology
4.7 5G Global Developments
4.7.1 Introduction
4.7.2 The Power of 5G
4.7.3 What makes 5G special?
4.7.4 Challenges of 5G
4.8 5G Local developments
4.8.1 Introduction
4.8.2 2015-2016 Developments
4.8.3 2017 Developments
4.8.4 2018 Developments
5. Mobile Blackspot Program
6. Overview of 4G frequency usage
7. State projects
8. Related reports
Table 1 Wireless broadband subscribers by access type 2009 - 2017
Table 2 Mobile broadband subscribers by mobile network operator 2007 - 2017
Table 3 Estimated mobile broadband data downloaded in Petabytes 2007 - 2017
Table 4 Fixed wireless broadband subscribers 2010 - 2017
Table 5 Average LTE speed by MNO 2012 - 2016
Table 6 - 1800MHz auction results February 2016

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