NBN and the 5G Mobile Phone Revolution

5G smart phones and their impending domination in the mobile and wireless markets; what do these have to do with the National Broadband Network? Well, apparently, a lot.

5G and NBN are silent partners for mobile wireless access and super-fast broadband, even if they don’t necessarily work the same way. Along with the upward trend of smartphones and their technology, they are the trio seen to be the dominant components of the smartphone market and Wi-Fi access for the future.


The recent arrival of the 5G smartphone is a preemptive strike in response to the 5G format’s actual arrival about a few years from now. Although 4G is still the default mobile wireless format, its next step is already being prepared. It even might already be here, albeit in limited use, among select few that have the prototypes, in its current testing and refining stages.

5G phones and the National Broadband Network are actually partners in this lucrative enterprise, more so than anyone thinks. This is an indirect, even discreet partnership: Now more than ever, the 5G smartphones that will be creeping out to mass market circulation and the NBN are inseparable: NBN supplies the most preferred wired broadband format commercially, and in the industry, using pure fibre sourcing. The 5G format is its most advanced future by product, with trials yielding speeds of 1Gbps, 7Gbps, and even 1TBps in its various prototype iterations.

With industry talk and speculation about how it would affect the NBN, it actually needs its major capabilities in order to grow and become a default wireless format in the industry. So the question of the NBN getting inched out of the future of its franchises and other 5G future projects is totally out.

Some recent key highlights to ponder on regarding 5G developments:

    • Chinese company ZTE’s newly presented Gigabit Phone at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain: the first 5G phone with a 1Gbps download speed rate. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor along with Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, allowing never before released features such as instant Cloud upload, 360° video, VR video and a 4K video, among others
    • 2015 5G lab trial in University of Surrey in the UK that produced 1Tbps downstream speed rate, currently the fastest 5G trial achieved in controlled and specific conditions
    • Lab trials for 5G that produced 7Gbps and 1Gbps results, from 2014 and 2013, respectively, and with the latter being the current working speed rate of the 5G phone prototype
    • Current development of more fibre connections in the NBN framework, and extensive fibre roll out campaigns. Fibre will be the main go to broadband connection source for wireless 5G tower stations in the future

This timeline list shows the growth of the already existing technology in a mere 3 to 4 year span. The technology already exists, but is in its refining stages. From here, all the feasible components of the technology, as well as the initial device, are all set. The 5G phone is the working prototype that will realise the whole set technology in full, as long as there are 5G networks already set-up.