5G can unlock so many possibilities and thousands of our customers are already enjoying its benefits. Coverage is now available in more than 430 suburbs across Australia and around 660 terabytes have already been downloaded over 5G on compatible devices – that’s equivalent to around 1 million standard-definition movies.

We’re always working towards the future, and today we’re announcing another huge leap forward in connectivity for our customers, delivering the next ‘wave’ of 5G, sooner than anticipated – mmWave.

Meet mmWave

mmWave – pronounced “millimetre wave” – is a short-range, high-frequency network technology that will supercharge 5G.

mmWave’s large bandwidths allows greater capacity in small defined areas, making it ideal for high-speed wireless communications, particularly in high-density areas such as metro cities, train stations, sport stadiums and other locations with a high concentration of people using their mobile devices.

For more on its capabilities, we’ve put together a detailed explainer.

Bringing mmWave to you sooner

We’re already testing mmWave internally, working with our technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm, and we’re excited about the progress we’re making already, which is why we’re working to let our customers in on the action early.

Planning is underway to grant our customers early trial access to this next-gen 5G technology in selected areas.

This means our customers can try out the power and opportunities of mmWave and it puts us on the front foot to continue the roll-out when spectrum is made via a Government auction in 2021.

To make sure our customers in selected areas get the most out of mmWave, we’re also announcing a new mmWave compatible device: the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro.

The Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro will be Australia’s first mmWave-enabled device, and our first Telstra-branded 5G device, and will be launching in step with our early mmWave rollout.

We’re looking forward to revealing more about this device soon.

This early rollout and trial access for customers is made possible through the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) 26Hz scientific licences that we’re using ahead of next year’s spectrum auction. The good news for you is they include provisions that allow commercial traffic or, in other words, public access on a trial basis.

More details on the upcoming mmWave locations will be revealed closer to launch.

Leading in 5G

Australia is already a global leader in mmWave, with technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm and us recently testing the world’s first live mobile base station in a commercial network using the 26GHz band.

It sounds techy, but it’s an important step towards delivering this technology to the world. 26GHz is set to become one of the most prevalent spectrum bands for mmWave 5G in the world, including Europe and Asia, so live testing on a commercial network here puts us ahead of the world.

Real-world testing helps us understand how the technology works and interacts with the environment and will also assist in the development of the standards device manufacturers use to build and deploy their future mmWave capable products.

We’re excited to continue rolling out the best 5G network in Australia to all of our customers, so they can thrive.