We’ve accomplished another milestone on our 5G roadmap, achieving Australia’s first live 5G connection using a commercial 5G chipset on our mobile network.

In partnership with our network partners Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, this Australian-first achievement used a commercial 5G chipset in a form factor device over our commercial spectrum, bringing together all the components of our end-to-end 5G network for a real world 5G data call on the Gold Coast.

Today’s milestone is significant because it signals that 5G devices are just around the corner, moving from lab testing at our 5G Innovation Centre into the street. Our teams will continue their testing over the coming months to improve data rates and overall performance, as we get closer to the commercial availability of 5G devices for our customers to enjoy.

Our strategic partnership with our global industry partners gives us the opportunity to test, understand and demonstrate real world 5G capability so we can advance the deployment of 5G, and bring it to our customers as soon as compatible devices are commercially available.

The form factor device used to achieve the call.
Testing the latest commercial 5G chipset in the field is the latest in a series of 5G firsts we’ve achieved. In February we launched our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast – home to several world and Australian firsts including 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, and the launch of over 50 5G-enabled sites around the country including Adelaide, Canberra and Perth.

We’re looking forward to working further with our partners to deliver the next generation of mobile technology to Australia. Our 5G rollout is underpinned by the around $5 billion we’ve invested in our mobile network over the three years to 30 June 2019, enhancing its capacity, capability and coverage.