More than 10 million Australians are already living, working, or passing through the Telstra 5G network footprint every day.
Telstra has announced that its 5G network is already available to one third of the population and will be expanded to reach 75 percent of the population by June next year.
Already over 210,000 5G services are connected to Telstra's network.
It should be noted that population coverage is not the same as geographical coverage. Around 87% of the Australian population lives in urban centres, and the 5G network roll-out is initially targeting 53 cities and regional towns. Expanding coverage to rural areas will be much more difficult.
However, the speed of the expansion is ambitious and puts Telstra's 5G network at the forefront of the new technology.
Covid pandemic has sped the 5G rollout
The timetable for the network roll out is far faster than originally planned as Telstra shifted its plans forward in the first month of the pandemic.
"We made the decision in March to bring forward $500 million of capital expenditure planned for the second half of FY21 into calendar year 2020.
In May, Telstra also became the first carrier in Australia and one of the first in the world to provide a Standalone 5G network, which means that it operates independently of 4G. Most other 5G networks are non-standalone and rely on 4G network for backhaul, with a consequential increase in latency.
mmWave is next milestone on pathway to 5GThe Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) plans to auction 2.4 GHz of 26 GHz spectrum "in early 2021" but has not yet set a firm date.
"Having thousands of attendees stream 4K video to a smartphone or tablet, or holding video calls and send amazing pictures to each other while attending the Melbourne Cricket Ground requires the immense bandwidth and speed that mmWave can offer, and it’s perfectly tuned for the task."Think how good it would be to have less congestion and awesome data speed on New Year’s Eve in Sydney Harbour, Federation Square or Riverbank. That’s the power of mmWave!"
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