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Telstra passes next phase in 5G preparations

15 AUG 2018

Telstra continued its march towards a commercial 5G launch in 2019, switching on its first compatible cell sites in Gold Coast to enable testing of pre-commercial devices.

The operator said it aims to deploy more than 200 5G-compatible sites across Australia by the year-end. In a statement, CEO Andrew Penn said the additional rollouts will target the country’s capital cities, regional centres “and other high demand areas”, to enable devices to be assessed under real-world conditions.

Penn added the new sites will also expand testing of a previously announced connected car, which he noted was one of the first products delivered by a 5G Innovation Centre Telstra opened in Gold Coast in February.

The facility had also delivered “the world’s first precinct of 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots”, the executive said.

Telstra’s 5G rollout is supported by a AUD5 billion ($3.61 billion) investment in mobile networks over three years to end-June 2019.

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Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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