Telstra’s Gold Coast has become the world’s first 5G-capable site

  • Sep 11, 2018 AEST
  • Team Kalkine
Telstra’s Gold Coast has become the world’s first 5G-capable site

Telstra Corporation has ramped up its 5G network infrastructure plans which are set to roll out the fastest technology more than a year before the devices are ready to support the next generation network. Telstra’s Chief Executive Anny Penny claims that this lead would give an edge over the giant rivals in highly-competitive telecommunication market. However, the claims were demolished by the peers.

In the Gold Coast conference, Telstra chief executive Andy Penn said that Telstra has switched on 5G-capable sites across Gold Coast to test 5G pre-commercial devices in real world conditions, thus becoming the first in the world to do so.

Vodafone chief technology officer, Kevin Millroy stated, “Given 5G devices are at least a year or more away, 5G-only equipment on towers is of no use to consumers at the moment." 

Having the largest 5G Spectrum holding in metropolitan areas, Optus vice-president of regulatory and public affairs Andrew Sheridan said that none of its competitors have the spectrum assets required to deliver a true 5G experience.

In June this year the Telstra Corporation announced its corporate strategy Telstra2022 to take a lead in telco industry by improvising the customer experience and simplifying products and services at lower cost base in which the rollout of 5G technology remains the heart of the Telstra2022 strategy.

The company aims to lit up more than 200 5G-capable mobile sites by the end of 2018 despite having the lack of 5G spectrum assets in Sydney and Melbourne areas.

Ahead of the fastest technology fight, it would be interesting to watch the 5G spectrum auction scheduled to be held in November by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

TLS was up by 2.894% to $3.2 on 11 September 2018.

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