Australia - Mobile Infrastructure, Mobile Broadband


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.

Australia’s mobile network operators continued 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.

Australia is predicted to be one of the top four of markets that will drive the growth of 5G in Asia, which is projected to become the world’s largest 5G market by 2025, as networks are rolled out in urban areas and handset vendors integrate 5G chipsets into mobile devices.

In August 2018 Telstra switched on 5G-capable sites on the Gold Coast, which enable it to test 5G pre-commercial devices in real world conditions and use innovations like its Connected Car to test its 5G footprint. It will enable Telstra to connect compatible commercial 5G devices for customers in 5G areas as they become available.

5G devices are expected to arrive in 2019 and 5G services in Australia are scheduled to be launched from 2020.

The auction of unused spectrum in the 1800MHz band further improved the ability of MVNOs 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.

This report provides an overview of the mobile broadband market in Australia, statistics and analyses of key market trends. It also provides data and analysis on a range of mobile technologies in Australia, an overview of the smartphone, tablet and handset market as well as an overview of the mobile spectrum market.

Key developments:

  • Australia's mobile network operators continue to work towards the launch of 5G.
  • Australia is predicted to be one of the top four of markets that will drive the growth of 5G in Asia.
  • 5G connections are predicted to account for around 50-60% of total connections by 2025.

Companies mentioned in this report:

VHA, Vodafone, 3, Optus, Huawei, Telstra, Vividwireless, Ericsson, EnergyAustralia, SingTel, Unwired, Kogan Mobile, Apple, Nokia, Google, Ericsson, Samsung, Vodafone, 3, VHA, Optus, Telstra.

Table of Contents

  • Mobile broadband

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile broadband statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 5G
      • Introduction
      • 2015 - 2016 developments
      • 2017 developments
      • 2018 developments
      • 2019 developments
    • 4G (LTE)
      • LTE-B
    • 3G based services
    • 2G services
    • VoLTE
    • Small cell technology
    • NB-IoT
  • Smartphones, tablet and handsets

    • Smartphone adoption trends
    • Smartphone usage statistics
    • Smartphone and tablet shipments
    • Handset supplier market shares
    • Tablets
    • Wearables and smartwatches
      • Market trends
      • Statistics
  • Mobile Spectrum overview

    • Spectrum ownership and licences
    • Fifteen-year spectrum licence pathway
    • Additional spectrum – 5G
  • Mobile spectrum auctions

    • 800MHz and 1.8GHz auctions
    • 700MHz and 2.5GHz auction results Auctions
    • 4G Auctions – 2016
    • Residual spectrum auction – 2017
    • 700 MHz spectrum auction 2017
    • 5G Spectrum Auction
  • Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Wireless broadband subscribers by access type – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 2 – Mobile broadband subscribers by mobile network operator – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Estimated mobile broadband data downloaded in Petabytes – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Proportion of people using smartphones for internet access – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Internet connections via mobile handsets – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 6 - Use of mobile phones and ownership of smartphones – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 7 - Percentage of Australians mobile-only / no fixed-line telephone at home 2013 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Australian handset platform market share – 2018
  • Exhibit 6 – Expiring spectrum allocation timetable – 2015 – 2028
  • Table 9 – Spectrum charges for spectrum bandwidth licenses
  • Table 10 – 1.8GHz spectrum auction results – 2016
  • Table 11 – 700MHz and 2.5GHz auction results
  • Table 12 - 1800MHz auction results – February 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Historic - PC, desktop and Mobile Device Ownership – 2016

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – The initial analogue operators – brief historic background
  • Exhibit 2 – Mobile spectrum by operator in capital city and regional area
  • Exhibit 3 – GSM services by operator
  • Exhibit 4 – WCDMA services by operator
  • Exhibit 5 – Ownership of selected frequencies for 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz services

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Number of pages 55

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Last updated 8 May 2019
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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