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We’ve turned on 5G on the Gold Coast


Posted on August 15, 2018

2 min read

After several milestones this year in preparation for 5G, today we turned on 5G in selected areas on the Gold Coast – making the Telstra Mobile Network the first in Australia to be 5G ready.

At the beginning of the year, we opened our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast. This centre has been the home for testing the next generation of mobile technologies in Australian conditions to support the early commercial deployment of 5G.

Since that opening, we have achieved multiple world and Australian firsts including the world’s first precinct of 5G-enabled WiFi hotspots, Australia’s first Connected Car, and the world’s first end-to-end 5G data call on a commercial mobile network.

Today we can announce we have switched on 5G technology across selected areas of the Gold Coast, making Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network is the first in the country to be 5G ready. And this is just the beginning of our roll out of 5G technology, with more than 200 5G-capable sites planned to be live around the country by the end of 2018.

So what do we mean by ‘5G ready’? Telstra’s 5G network readiness means if a 5G commercial device was available today, a customer would have a working 5G service.

Our plans are well on the way to delivering 5G, and today we have turned on a selection of sites across the Gold Coast using the licensed 3.4GHz spectrum and these sites are connected to our new modernised production core network.

Over the coming months we will continue expanding our 5G coverage with plans to roll out to more capital cities, regional centres and other high demand areas.

The Gold Coast will also be the location for a key 3GPP meeting, the international standard setting body, in September to consider the global standards for 5G. We are looking forward to hosting leading 5G developers from around the world so Australian businesses can begin developing products and services that will take advantage of 5G.

Telstra’s rollout of 5G is underpinned by around $5 billion in mobile network investment over the three years to 30 June 2019, consistent with previous guidance, to enhance the capacity, capability and reach of our network.

This investment is a key element of our T22 strategy, which will help us to lead the Australian market by simplifying our operations and product set, improving customer experience and reducing our cost base.

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5G a step closer after another world first


Posted on July 16, 2018

2 min read

At Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast, we have successfully completed a world first end-to-end 5G non-standalone data call on a commercial mobile network working in collaboration with Ericsson and Intel.

This is another important step in taking 5G out of the lab and into a real-world production mobile network environment, consistent with our commitment to lead on 5G as part of our Telstra2022 strategy.

The call brought together the core components required for a real commercial 5G network call, including Telstra’s network, a Telstra SIM and Telstra licensed 3.5GHz commercial spectrum, as well as Ericsson’s commercial 5G NR radio 6488, baseband and packet core for 5G EPC and the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform for the 5G NR UE.

What this means in practical terms is this 5G call is the closest any provider has come to making a true real-world commercial 5G call and marks another 5G first for Telstra.

Achieving our first commercial 5G data call with these key technology partners demonstrates the progress we are making in building 5G readiness in Telstra’s mobile network.  In the coming weeks and months we will be accelerating our efforts to continue to lead the market on 5G.

This achievement is the latest in a series of 5G firsts by Telstra and demonstrates the benefits of our investment in next generation technology as part of our Networks for the Future. Previous firsts include 5G trial data call over 26GHz mmWave spectrum, the world’s first 5G-enabled WiFi precinct, Australia’s first 5G car on the road and an Australian first 5G mobile gaming demonstration.

We will continue to work with our global technology partners to conduct 5G tests in real-world environments so we can advance the deployment of 5G as soon as the standards, new spectrum and 5G capable devices are ready. With all of these building blocks in place we will then roll-out commercial 5G capability nationally to capital cities, regional centres and other high demand areas.

We have a long history of world and Australian firsts in mobile technology and we will be at the forefront of the technology once again, just as we did on 4G, 3G and 2G.

Tags: 5g, IoT,

Demonstrating a 5G future for eSports


Posted on June 13, 2018

2 min read

Telstra, Intel and Ericsson recently demonstrated one of the world’s first esports gaming experiences over 5G, showcasing the power of 5G’s ultra-low latency that professional and amateur gamers alike can expect in the future.

Esports are the fastest growing spectator sports in the world, with millions of fans regularly tuning in online to watch pro gamers compete for glory.

Technology has proven to be a critical component to the success of esports, and this recent 5G demonstration shows the next generation of mobile technology will help to take esports to new heights.

Pro esports team The Chiefs joined Telstra, Intel and Ericsson at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast to experience the technical capabilities of 5G. The team experienced ultra-low latency of around five to six milliseconds, which is around four times lower than the average latency of 4G today.

Latency is the time it takes for data to be sent between two points, so it is crucial in the world of gaming when milliseconds can literally mean the difference between winning and losing.

This gaming demonstration show how that ultra-low latency is possible over 5G, a benefit of the new technology that will underpin a host of use cases, including autonomous cars, drones and remote control of machinery.

mmWave wireless connectivity was used inside the Centre to power the demonstration, enabled through Ericsson’s 5G base station and core network. Intel provided its Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, which allows for quick implementation of the latest air interfaces and communication protocols.

The Chiefs were one of the first esports teams in the world to experience gaming over 5G, which was streamed live to other gamers around the world on Twitch. The team was also joined by esports host Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen and Gold Coast Suns co-captain Tom Lynch.

Telstra is continuing to test next-generation mobile technologies in Australian conditions to support the early commercial deployment of 5G mobile services in Australia. 5G has the potential to change the way we live and work, and this 5G gaming demonstration shows it will unleash a host of new opportunities.

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Say hello to the Verti-plane: the future of human mobility

Tech and Innovation IoT

Posted on April 10, 2018

3 min read

We took to the skies in Canberra in partnership with one of our muru-D SYD5 startups, AMSL Aero, to demonstrate its world-leading autonomous aircraft technology.

Imagine a morning commute with no traffic. Take that another step and imagine a morning commute where you can travel all over the city with no delays, producing no emissions, and without you needing to drive. That future may be closer than you might think, and the tech is being built right here in Australia.

Autonomous air flight

A member of our muru-D SYD5 cohort, AMSL Aero was founded in June 2017 by Andrew Moore and Siobhan Lyndon with the mission to change the way the world travels by providing airborne transport that is safe, fast, affordable, easy to use and good for the environment.

They are doing this by building a world-leading Verti-plane, which is an aircraft that takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter but flies fast and efficiently like a plane. The team visited Canberra today to demonstrate a 1/5 scale prototype of their aircraft.

The Verti-plane uses patented technology that tilts the two wings to enable vertical flight for take-off and landing, and horizontal flight for fast (300km/hr) cruising flight. It flies autonomously and is electric, which means it is far safer than helicopters and is also quiet and emissions-free.

The electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft market is forecasted by some to exceed the value of the current USD $27 billion global helicopter market by 2032[1].

AMSL Aero co-founder Andrew Moore started out his career as an aeronautical engineer in the Australian Navy. He has over 20 years of experience in leading the design and build of helicopters and aircraft, and is an avid pilot himself following in the footsteps of his father who was also a naval pilot.

5G and IoT

5G will be essential to support the increase in IoT connected devices over the next decade, bringing greater bandwidth and also greater security and reliability with features designed for communications and control. Telstra will be able to offer the capability to support the command and control of autonomous vehicles so that the low altitude airspace can be more safely managed for aerial people carriers such as the Verti-plane.

Telstra’s muru-D Program

Telstra’s startup accelerator muru-D offers a six-month program for exceptional founders who are solving high impact, global problems. As part of the program, they receive seed capital investment and gain access to a global network of mentors, alumni, investors, and partners. Over 100 companies have graduated from one of muru-D’s five programs, and more than 15 of these having raised $1 million or more in funding so far.

[1] Source: IDTechEx Manned Electric Aircraft 2018-2028

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The world’s first 5G Wi-Fi precinct on the Gold Coast


Posted on March 28, 2018

3 min read

Today, we took another important step forward in our roadmap to deploy the next generation of mobile technology and offer 5G services in 2019.

We are using the connectivity inside our recently opened 5G Gold Coast Innovation Centre located at the Telstra Exchange in Southport to power a series of Wi-Fi hotspots in the area. This will be the first precinct of 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots in the world, allowing Gold Coast locals and visitors to enjoy free broadband while we evaluate 5G technology.

Telstra 5G on Wi-Fi, Gold Coast Easter 2018

We’re excited to be taking 5G technology out of a lab into the hands of consumers in time for Easter, with an influx of tourists expected on the Gold Coast in the coming weeks. There are no 5G compatible commercial smartphones or tablets available today. By connecting 5G backhaul and infrastructure in the Southport Exchange to a standard Wi-Fi access point, then people can use the technology on their existing device.

Wi-Fi has limited throughput, so a single hotspot alone cannot come close to reaching the limits of 5G at our Innovation Centre, where we are achieving download speeds of more than 3Gbps. By using multiple hotspots, with potentially hundreds of smartphone users served through a single 5G device, we are able to get closer to 5G in a real world environment.

Telstra 5G Connected Car

We are also using mmWave spectrum and our 5G Gold Coast Innovation Centre to put a connected car on the road with the Intel 5G Automotive Trial Platform, one of the most advanced 5G prototype devices available in the world today. We are still in the early stages of development and are already achieving download speeds approaching 1Gbps inside the car. The vehicle is also equipped with a Wi-Fi access point.

Our 5G Connected Car shows how quickly the technology is evolving. At the start of the year our 5G prototype device was the size of a bar fridge and weighed over 200 kilograms. Now with the help of Ericsson and Intel we have one that has been shrunk down to the size of a personal computer and can be installed in a car.

If you’re in the Gold Coast in the weeks ahead, try out the 5G enabled Wi-Fi – and keep an eye out for our 5G Connected Car!

Accessing 5G enabled Wi-Fi in Southport

We have turned on several 5G Gold Coast enabled Wi-Fi hotspots in Southport. These hotspots are located on Scarborough and Nerang Streets in Southport and will be identified as “Telstra_5G_Free_Wi-Fi”.

People will need to opt-in to connect to the Wi-Fi. Access to the Wi-Fi will be free and open to anyone in the area, and with a download limit of 10 GB per day per device.

Actual speeds on any of the hotspots will be lower than the maximum, limited by the Wi-Fi throughput, and will vary depending on factors such as the type of device being used, distance from the hotspot, and the number of people connected to the hotspot at the one time.