Having switched on its first 5G-capable sites across parts of the Gold Coast earlier this month, Australia’s Telstra has announced that Toowoomba has now become the first regional community in the country where its next-generation infrastructure has been enabled. In a press release regarding the matter it was noted that Telstra CEO Andrew Penn and Executive Director, Network & Infrastructure Engineering, Channa Seneviratne had joined civic and business leaders at the Harristown base station in Toowoomba, with the operator’s 5G-capable equipment said to have been deployed in ‘a select area of the Queensland community’.
Commenting on the matter, Mr Penn said: ‘Telstra provides more network investment and mobile coverage across Australia than anyone else and regional Australia is an essential part of our 5G plans … 5G devices are around the corner and when they are commercially available this network upgrade means the people of Toowoomba will be among the first people in the world to enjoy access to 5G services.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Telstra has said it expects to have more than 200 5G-capable sites across Australia 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 has said the technology 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.