One year ago, we set a bold goal: to have our incredible new 5G technology switched on in at least 35 Australian cities before June 2020. We’re officially ahead of schedule, with 47 cities now able to enjoy 5G and experience the future of connectivity.
We’re proud to have Australia’s best 5G available to more than 8 million Australians who now live, work and pass through our network footprint every day. We’re making sure we do everything to give Aussies access to 5G as quickly as possible.
Aussies in these suburbs are already using the network to do incredible things, with around 660 terabytes already downloaded over 5G on compatible devices. That’s equivalent to around 1 million standard-definition movies!
This significant milestone means that more than 700 suburbs across Australia are now more than 50 per cent covered by 5G, with some covered up to 100 per cent well ahead of schedule.
It’s also an important milestone of Telstra’s T22 strategy, which is underpinned by our aim to have the largest, fastest, safest, smartest and most reliable next generation network.
To illustrate our progress, we’ve updated our Mobile Coverage Maps, so you can see where Telstra’s 5G technology is available, as well as 3G and 4G. This will help you understand exactly where our network reaches, and where it’s planned to go next with a new view that projects where we’ll be with our coverage in the next three months.
We’ll continue to update these maps and our network projections as we continue to roll out 5G to more cities around the country.
The next step in our 5G journey is to bring more of the latest technology to you even faster. We’re announcing today the release of our newest 5G mobile broadband modem: the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro, which supports cutting-edge mmWave 5G.
mmWave – pronounced “millimetre wave” – is a short-range, high-frequency network technology that will supercharge 5G. mmWave’s large bandwidth 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.
mmWave won’t be auctioned off until 2021 but we are busy testing to make sure our network is ready. And because we already have three test sites live on our network, if you happen to live near one of these locations and own a Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro, you might accidentally find yourself benefiting from the next iteration of 5G before anyone else in Australia.
These three key milestones in our 5G journey represent another big leap forward for us. We’ll continue to work hard rolling Australia’s best 5G out so more of you can enjoy this great leap forward in connectivity.
47 cities with 5G