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5G the Hot Topic of the Annual CommsDay Summit 2019

The Cloudscene team was onsite at the 2019 CommsDay Summit held in Sydney, Australia. The annual event attracts 300+ attendees including key players in the market, such as Telstra, Optus, Spark, Huawei, Vodafone, and Australian Government departments and regulators.While presentations focused on local issues, the insights were valuable for those looking to do business in the Australian and New Zealand market, or draw a comparison with 5G rollouts globally. The industry focus was very much on two key issues: the 10 year anniversary of the National Broadband Network (NBN), Australia’s national wholesale open-access data network project, and the emerging adoption of 5G into Australia and New Zealand. Telstra and Optus Talk 5G InvestmentThe two big players in Australian telecommunications, Telstra and Optus, both primarily addressed their progress on 5G and the regulatory or industry support needed for realizing the benefits. Telstra CEO, Andy Penn, discussed the renewed reliance on the telecommunications network as 5G rolls out, and equated this to a ‘fourth industrial revolution’. With this in mind, he noted the current investment levels were unsustainable if the burden is on carriers alone, given the increasing demand for data. In what is timely with the upcoming Australian Federal election, he called on policymakers to give carriers the freedom to choose their technology rather than be regulated into a single technology. Optus CEO, Allen Lew, discussed Optus’ willingness to partner with the NBN to offer access to their 5G network, with the view this could reduce the NBN Co capital expenditure, and also provide an upgrade solution for the National Broadband Network. Lew said, “Now is the time to create the private sector-public sector partnership and capture all the resources available to us so that we can lift our game, deliver the potential and make sure that Australia as a country provides its citizens much, much better access.”Spark New Zealand and Huawei Weigh in on 5GWhile the first auction for 5G spectrum is not expected until 2020 in New Zealand, Spark New Zealand has invested “early and hard” in 5G according to Spark Network evolution tribe lead, Colin Brown. The leading telco sees 5G as a key way to grow their wireless broadband for a market that demands uncapped plans. As well as an innovation hub, Brown announced that Spark has signed an agreement with Emirates Team NZ to provide 5G connectivity for the 36th America’s Cup in Auckland. Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei is looking into the future, with Huawei ANZ CTO, David Soldani, sharing his views on how 5G has the potential to revitalize telecommunications businesses. “Today, carriers are especially focused, I think it’s about 70% of the business of the carriers globally, around connectivity, but we believe that it could expand by connecting the cloud network to the 5G system, as an interface and an application-enablement platform.” Soldani added that the combined market of cloud-enabled computing and gaming would be worth some US$400 billion.Whilst Huawei has its sights set on 5G, the company won’t be involved in the rollout in Australia after being excluded in 2018 from bidding due to cyber security concerns (read more). Huawei was also barred in 2012 from participating in the NBN project.2019 Edison Award WinnersCloudscene was the proud sponsor of the CommsDay Annual Dinner in which the Edison Awards were also announced.Congratulations to all the award winners:CategoryWinnerBest Telecom Marketing InitiativeNetcomm Wirelessfor 5G fixed wireless at Mobile World CongressBest Telecom Law FirmCorrs Chambers & WesgartBest Fixed Wireless OperatorSuperloopBest Cloud ProviderTelstraBest Telecom Vendor EricssonBest Virtual Network Operator (VNO)SuperloopBest IOT/ M2M providerNNN CoBest Satellite ProviderOptusBest Fixed Broadband ProviderAussie BroadbandBest Mobile OperatorTelstraThe highlight of the evening was the induction of Phillip Britt (Aussie Broadband) and Michael Malone (iiNet, NBN Co) into the Hall of Fame. Bevan Slattery, founder of Cloudscene, was inducted in 2017.- - -To keep up-to-date with data center and service provider news, sign-up for our newsletter via the ‘Subscribe’ box on this page. If you’d like to add your data center to Cloudscene or want to find out how you can claim your profile on our site, please reach out to our team.

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