I am in Las Vegas for CES, the biggest consumer electronics show in the world, to ensure we are at the forefront of the latest tech for our customers.
2019 is when the 5G revolution becomes very real and I am excited to announce our customers will soon be at the forefront of 5G device technology, including exclusive access to 5G commercial devices, thanks to a series of partnerships with some of the world’s biggest brands.
Under the partnerships, the devices will be available exclusively through Telstra before any other Australian mobile operator when they are released in the first half of 2019.
Watch this space. These smartphones and devices are coming soon and we will provide further details closer to their release. Once on the market, these 5G-enabled devices will connect to Australia’s first 5G-ready network – our customers’ first opportunity to experience this revolutionary technology.
We are also continuing to hold discussions with other providers and I look forward to providing even more good news for our customers in the near future.
I am also pleased to report we have delivered on our commitment to roll out 200 5G enabled mobile sites across the nation by the end of last year. In fact we did even better, with 207 sites now online, including in every major city and some regional centres.
Telstra has been a world leader in the testing and development of 5G. We continue to work closely with numerous global manufacturing and industry partners to make this revolutionary technology real-world ready and these strategic relationships are now paying off directly for our customers.
These exclusive 5G device partnerships are the latest addition to a growing list of national and global 5G firsts, including:
- Unveiling the world’s first connection of a 5G mid-band commercial device
- Australia’s first 5G video call
- The world’s first precinct of 5G-enabled WiFi hotspots
- Australia’s first 5G Connected Car
- The world’s first end-to-end 5G non-standalone data call on a commercial mobile network
- The launch of more than 200 5G-enabled sites around the country