The path to 5G in Australia

This position paper outlines the most relevant technology transition options from the current 4G telecommunications network ecosystem into a 5G network ecosystem. In this paper, we set out the frameworks and roadmaps that Australian communication service providers may take to 5G. This is about an evolutionary transition from 4G into 5G and, while there will be fundamental changes in network abilities and services delivered, the network principles remain the same.

What industry leaders are saying

This is the most comprehensive document I have seen on 5G, transition from 4G to 5G with sufficient technical depth on radio access network, core network and security and all the interfaces.

Rahim Tafazolli

Regius Professor of Electronic Engineering. Institute for Communication Systems and 5G Innovation Centre
Director, University of Surrey, UK


This paper summarises the main technical aspects of 5G technology and network architecture, highlighting the separation and standardised interfaces between the radio access network (RAN) and the core network functions encompassed in the 5G standard.

Iain Collings

Professor, Fellow of IEEE, Deputy Dean, School of Engineering, Macquarie University, Australia



The paper reflects well the latest developments of 3GPP technical specifications for 5G Systems, and provides a clear path to 5G in Australia. In this nation, Huawei tenders only for the RAN part of the Network, where security risks can be managed as in earlier Network generations.

Latif Ladid

Chair, 5G World Alliance, Luxembourg, President, IPv6 FORUM, Fellow of the IEEE, Chair, EU IPV6 Task Force, Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society


Read the full The path to 5G in Australia whitepaper here.

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