Australia’s Telstra has announced the switch-on of a number of 5G-capable sites in selected areas of the Gold Coast, with CEO Andrew Penn saying of the development: ‘Today we have switched on 5G-capable sites on the Gold Coast, which enable us to test 5G pre-commercial devices in real world conditions and use unique innovations like our Connected Car to test our 5G footprint. It also means we can connect compatible commercial 5G devices for customers in 5G areas as they become available.’
The operator said it expects to have more than 200 5G-capable sites across the country by the end of 2018, with it planning to expand coverage to capital cities, regional centres and other high demand areas over the coming months. It noted that this rollout is underpinned by the approximately AUD5 billion (USD3.6 billion) in mobile network investment it has earmarked for the three years to 30 June 2019, with the monies being spent to enhance the capacity, capability and reach of its infrastructure.
‘Today’s switch on demonstrates Telstra’s commitment to mobile leadership in Australia and will support the ongoing testing of next generation mobile technologies in Australian conditions to support the early commercial deployment of 5G mobile services,’ Mr Penn added.