Optus Calls For New 5G Rules
Optus has called for reform of the rules governing mobile network deployment, saying the changes are necessary to realise the economic benefits of 5G.
Specifically, it wants consistent application of state and local government planning law exemptions applying to small cell installations; uniform national cost-based pricing for land access; and carriers to be permitted to make minor modifications to existing poles to accommodate additional small-cell facilities.
Industry watchers note that 5G networks will require the installation of many more cell sites. Unlike those of today’s networks, which have their own towers or are large units on top of buildings, these will be located on power poles and other convenient locations.
Optus has issued a paper in support of its proposed reforms that calls for a collaborative industry and government approach to developing a revised regulatory framework.