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5G Australia Summit

The 5G Australia Summit comes at a critical point in time as recent changes in the landscape have opened up new possibilities for telcos, vendors, system integrators and more.

12 March 2019 | The Westin Sydney

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5G has arrived, and consumers and industry are expecting it to deliver.

The Ovum 5G Australia Summit comes at a critical point in time as mergers, bans and new entrants have opened up new possibilities in the Australian 5G landscape.

This timely summit brings together a formidable lineup of the sector’s biggest players and stakeholders to outline viable value-adding business cases, ensure a competitive and secure 5G ecosystem, and build a connected Australia.

Key topics addressed include:

  • Opportunities and challenges in 2019: the year of commercialization
  • Moving from hypothetical use cases to building compelling business cases: Industry 4.0, construction, gaming and more
  • Critical infrastructure development and its evolving landscape
  • The challenge for deployment in Australia
  • Creating a competitive 5G ecosystem in Australia

From network infrastructure builders to systems integrators, from IoT leaders to transformation professionals, we invite all involved in Australia’s 5G journey to engage in the conversation.



9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Stephen Myers, Principal Consultant, Ovum

9:10 am

  • 5G timeline in the APAC region
  • Why 5G matters: enterprise use cases and the productivity opportunity
  • Australian industry economics: why our 5G future is getting harder to reach

9:40 am

SHADOW MINISTER’S ADDRESS | Video message from the Shadow Minister

Michelle Rowland MP, Shadow Minister for Communications

9:55 am

With mergers and bans in the headlines, it has been an eventful few months in the 5G landscape in Australia. This session outlines the progress of the 5G Working Group to date. It explores how the telecommunications industry and government can come together to ensure consumers, and targeted industries, understand what the arrival of 5G means. In the APAC region, Asian countries are speeding ahead with 5G trials. How can Australia position to be a leader in the region?


10:25 am

Networking and refreshments break

10:55 am

  • Bringing together infrastructure capability, sharing network resources/infrastructure
  • The Australian Deployment Challenge: accessibility for regional and urban areas
  • Is 2021 a reasonable timeline for networks to be deployed across Australia?
  • How can the 5G ecosystem in Australia be more competitive, secure and supportive for effective 5G rollout?
  • The evolving infrastructure landscape: towers, small cells, edge computing

11:40 am

The topography of our networks is changing. To keep up with customer demand for faster and better performance, small cell solutions are being trialled across the world. What does densification look like in Australian cities? How can providers address issues of health and consent?

12:00 pm

  •  Snapshot of the main progresses in 3GPP standards
  •  5G ecosystem and applications
  •  5G deployment and global pioneers
  •  AI framework and self-driving networks

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:30 pm

Telstra has switched on 5G in every major Australian city. What has this rollout thus far told us about 5G solutions? Moving forward, what are the key drivers for growth in commercialising 5G products?

2:00 pm

  • Optus’s ambitious roll out plan across Australia – with commercial fixed access services to be made available first half of 2019
  • How are customers responding to 5G devices, solutions and technologies? Do customers understand what 5G means for them, are they excited about and ready, and how is this impacting the rollout of commercial 5G services?

2:30 pm

Networking drinks and refreshment break

3:00 pm

Are the common use cases for 5G realistic and are the targeted industries as interested in 5G as the telecoms world is saying?  What is the state of play with Industry 4.0/Advanced Manufacturing and IoT solutions in Australia?

3:30 pm

This session outlines key practical 5G use cases, with a dive into the key industries that 5G will be most effective in – such as driverless vehicles and industries where exchange of information at low latency are required. What are businesses doing now and how will this change with the introduction of 5G? Examples of clients doing this well will be explored.

4:00 pm

How will operators charge consumers for 5G? Will we finally see true tariff innovation, or merely more of the same? This session outlines how operators are moving to unlimited data (with no usage restrictions) in the lead up to 5G and explore why differentiation around new digital services is vital for upselling.

4:30 pm

CLOSING KEYNOTE | Why 5G technology isn’t enough: the threats to Australia’s industrial revolution

David Kennedy, Practice Leader, Asia, Ovum

5:00 pm

SUMMIT CLOSE | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:10 pm

End of Conference and Networking Drinks


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Stephen Myers

Principal Consultant, Ovum

David Kennedy

Practice Leader, Asia, Ovum

Michelle Rowland MP

Shadow Minister for Communications

Chris Althaus


David Cooper

Head of Networks, 5G and IoT, Ericsson

Els Baert

Director Marketing and Communications, NetComm Wireless

Paul Senior

CEO, Dense Air

David Soldani

Chief Technology Officer, Huawei

Channa Seneviratne

Network Engineering Executive, Telstra

Dennis Wong

Managing Director Networks, Optus

Kevin Bloch

CTO, Cisco ANZ

Steven Deskovic

Director of Telecom and Media Industry Sales, IBM

Nicole McCormick

Practice Leader - Broadband and Multiplay, Ovum

when & where

12 Mar 2019

The Westin Sydney
1 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 8223 1111

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