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Telstra invests $386m to secure 30-80MHz nationwide in 5G spectrum auction

Telstra News Network

Posted on December 10, 2018

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Following our announcement of 5G world and Australian firsts last week, today we have secured between 30-80 MHz nationwide in the 3.6 GHz spectrum auction held by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The 3.6 GHz spectrum is important as it is to be used globally for 5G.

This investment of $386m will support our national 5G rollout, and adds to the momentum we are building to bring 5G services to Australians in both cities and regional areas in the new year.

Combined with existing holdings, Telstra now has 60 MHz of contiguous 5G spectrum in all major capital cities and between 50-80 MHz of contiguous 5G spectrum in all regional areas.

While these licenses won’t come into effect until March 2020, we are working with the ACMA to enable early access where it is suitable to do so, to ramp-up our roll out plan for 5G in the first half of next year.

Securing this spectrum dramatically increases the speeds we will be able to offer and puts us in a competitive position in all markets, including Sydney and Melbourne, with site rollout to extend to these cities as soon as access to the new spectrum is available.

Our aim, just as we were with 3G and 4G, is to be Australia’s leading 5G provider, through the culmination of an $8 billion investment over the five years to 30 June 2019 to enhance the capacity, capability and reach of Telstra’s mobile network. We have already switched on 130 5G-enabled sites across Australia and plan to have a total of 200 sites by the end of 2018. 

We’re also leading the way in working with suppliers and international standard bodies to develop the 5G ecosystem, driven through our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast, which was the setting last week for Australia’s first 5G to 5G video call.

Last week also saw the unveiling of the world’s first connection of a 5G mid-band commercial device – the HTC 5G Hub mobile smart device. This device is expected to be one of the first commercial 5G devices available to Telstra customers in 2019 and the connection of the device brings Telstra a significant step closer to putting 5G devices in the hands of Australians.

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Unveiling our first 5G device, after a year of network evolution


Posted on December 5, 2018

3 min read

In the last year we’ve made huge strides forward in rolling out our 5G technology at many sites across Australia – a move that has been the result of extensive testing and validation at our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast. We’ve used a variety of devices over that time to test the technology, and that has led us to our first 5G device demonstration – the HTC 5G Hub.

Over that time, we have used a range of test platforms to evaluate and demonstrate 5G technology. Our road to 5G started with a comparatively large test device from Ericsson which arrived in September 2016, that we nicknamed the ‘bar fridge’. That test bed gave us our first live trial of 5G in Australia. After being used for early testing, it’s now employed to power the world’s first 5G-enabled free Wi-Fi precinct at Southport.

In February 2018 we also started testing 5G using the Intel 5G Mobile Test Platform (MTP), and in July that test platform was further upgraded to suit the developing 5G standards. This MTP helped us achieve several world-first 5G milestones including a competitive esports gaming experience at very low latency and our first 5G non-standalone data call on a commercial mobile network. The test platform also operated in Australia’s first 5G connected car.

In just over a year, we’ve moved from a testing platform the size of a bar fridge to a prototype ‘form factor’ device from Qualcomm Technologies – still slightly larger than a current smartphone, and a little thicker and heavier. The Qualcomm MTP recently helped make possible our first real world 5G data call using a commercial 5G chipset that will power many future 5G-ready smartphones and other devices.

We’re also continuing our 5G testing using current generation form factor prototypes for 5G handsets and mobile broadband hotspots from several technology partners including Inseego and ZTE.

All of the behind-the-scenes testing at our 5G Innovation Centre and across the country has led us to this point. We’re finally ready to unveil our first 5G device: the HTC 5G Hub, a smart mobile broadband device that has been co-developed with Telstra and, subject to further testing, will be the first commercial 5G device that we will retail in the first half of 2019. The 5G Hub has successfully been connected to our 5G service – the first in Australia and the first 5G mid-band device in the world to do so.

The HTC 5G Hub.

“HTC is leading a new wave of mobile innovation with 5G technology that paves the way for a more connected future,” said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC. “We’re proud to work with Telstra to bring 5G to Australia and to showcase one of the first instances of live 5G in the world.”

Our 5G rollout continues as we work to enable 200 base stations with 5G technology before the end of the year, across cities like Canberra, Perth and Adelaide and regional areas like Toowoomba, as part of our commitment to lead the development of 5G in Australia.

When we think about the future of 5G, we’re only just starting to experience the promise and potential of our new networks. We’ve hit milestones for data and video calls, but the real future capability lies in transformative technologies like the Internet of Things, smart cities, and autonomous connected cars. Only time will tell how our customers use the power of 5G to create a world where we’re more connected than ever before.

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Making Australia’s first 5G to 5G video call


Posted on December 5, 2018

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We have reached another milestone in our journey to 5G with the successful placement of Australia’s first 5G to 5G video call, reaching from Sydney to our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast.

We made the first commercial 5G video call at our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast in Queensland last week, closely following our Australian-first live 5G connection. That 5G video call was also repeated today in another real-world demonstration between Sydney and the Gold Coast, using our 5G technology at both locations.

Working with our technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, and using a Qualcomm Technologies 5G Mobile Test Plaform device, the Australian first commercial 5G video call shows just how close to reality 5G is – and how close we are to having our network ready for the first commercial 5G devices to go on sale in early 2019.

This milestone is not just proof of our 5G technology innovation, but also demonstrates the importance of our strategic relationships with global industry partners like Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson. We have worked extensively with all our partners on the road to 5G, making a number of Australian and world firsts possible.

130 mobile base stations across Australia have already been upgraded with 5G technology, and 70 more will be made 5G ready before the end of the year. We are on the cutting edge of 5G development, and these innovations are also reaping rewards for customers on 4G.

Our network upgrades to enable 5G will also improve the speed of 4G at those locations. 3G and 4G will continue to carry the bulk of our mobile traffic for some time, so it is important that we continue making improvements to all parts of our network concurrently to meet the growing demand for data.

Our commitment to leading 5G innovation – from the first taste of 5G over Wi-Fi to collaborating on network standards and pioneering 5G upgrades in Australia’s cities – will mean our customers can be among the first in the world to enjoy the benefits of the latest mobile technology, and the possibilities that that will enable.

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We’re a step closer to commercial 5G devices


Posted on November 21, 2018

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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.

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Understanding 5G and EME


Posted on November 19, 2018

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There’s been a lot of excitement recently about 5G, and Telstra is leading the charge in Australia. Last month, we turned on 5G-enabled sites in Adelaide, Canberra and Perth, taking our number of 5G-enabled sites to 50 around Australia. The rollout of this new technology has led to a lot of questions about the implications of 5G on everything from the Internet of Things to electromagnetic energy (EME).

To help answer any questions you, your friends, or family have about 5G and electromagnetic energy (or EME) and safety, we’ve created some new resources after extensive industry consultation and collaboration.

Earlier this year, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) launched a new resource at the 2018 CommsDay summit in Sydney: 5G Explained. This website explains how 5G will work with our existing 4G networks, some of its advantages, and the new network architecture – including where antennas may be placed.

The Networks team worked on the year-long project to create 5G Explained to help us understand what 5G is and the implications of 5G on EME levels and what this means in terms of safety. We collaborated with global industry associations the GSMA and Mobile & Wireless Forum, operators, vendors and technology standards organisations to develop a resource that’s available to everyone and easily accessed online.

Understanding 5G and EME

Image: EMF Explained

We’ve also added a new page to our existing EME advice to explain what 5G is, and how it’s different to other technologies. One of our biggest challenges in developing these materials was sifting through the enormous volume of information, marketing, and news on 5G to get to the heart of how it actually works. Our next step was to explain it in a way people will understand.

Talking to our communities and stakeholders about mobile technology is a fundamental aspect of our work, so being able to explain simply what 5G is and how it works is the key to many conversations. 5G Explained includes simple and informative graphics to show people how 5G will relate to their everyday lives.

AMTA’s CEO Chris Althaus, who launched the new resource with us earlier this year, said that “with 5G literally on our doorstep now, and set to revolutionise mobile connectivity, educational resources like this will certainly help with 5G conversations.”

Our recent testing on the 5G trial network on the Gold Coast has shown that the environmental EME levels from all mobile technologies including 5G, is significantly below the limits set out in the EME safety standards. The 5G EME levels were similar to the existing 3G and 4G levels, however the new 5G technology is more efficient and has greater capacity, and can carry more data at significantly faster speeds.

All of our base stations, including the 5G base stations, are designed to ensure they comply with the stringent EME safety standards, and we publish the compliance certificates and EME reports for each base station on the Radiofrequency National Site Archive.

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