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Fletcher Unveils 5G Initiative

CANBERRA: As part of the Government’s 5G Innovation Initiative, it has released a discussion paper calling for input from interested parties.

The initiative is said to be part of the Government’s JobMaker Digital Business Plan and is aimed at supporting businesses to trial new 5G uses.

The Government said the $22.1 million Initiative will fund trials demonstrating different future 5G uses, including Internet of Things applications, which will help build Australia’s 5G ecosystem.

Comms Minister Paul Fletcher said that  he welcomed input. Quoth the minister: “Businesses that can develop 5G applications that improve productivity will have a significant ‘first mover’ advantage, and I want to encourage companies in Australia to adopt new digital technologies of benefit to the economy.“

He added: “2021 will be the ‘Year of 5G’, and our investment in these 5G trials supports this.”

The initiative will be an open and competitive grants program with two rounds of funding over three years.

The grant guidelines are said to be have been based on feedback to the discussion paper. Submissions close on 11 December 2020.

According to the Government, 5G is estimated to add $1,300 to $2,000 in gross domestic product per person after the first decade of the rollout.

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