Almost AUD30 million (USD22 million) is being invested by the Australian government to improve the allocation and management of spectrum, and to trial 5G use across different industry sectors. The funding initiative was revealed as part of the government’s just-announced ‘Job Maker Digital Business Plan’, and specific measures include: AUD22.1 million for the establishment of the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative, to invest in 5G commercial trials and testbeds in key industry sectors such as agriculture, mining, logistics and manufacturing; AUD1.8 million over two years to invest in systems that allow more efficient spectrum allocation; and AUD5.3 million over two years to update and simplify the country’s digital spectrum licence system. Additionally, the government has said it is providing AUD7.1 million to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to conduct auctions of radio frequency spectrum.
Commenting, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said: ‘Spectrum is a critical component in the rollout of 5G. These investments will make the allocation of spectrum more efficient and reduce red tape, so that Australians can experience the benefits of 5G sooner.’