Telstra to launch fixed-wireless 5G service, unveils speed boosts for fixed broadband plans

29 Sep 2020

Australia’s Telstra has announced that from tomorrow (30 September) it will introduce a new fixed-wireless 5G offering, ‘Telstra 5G Home Internet’, via its 5G network which is now available in ‘over 1,000 suburbs and 53 cities and towns around the nation’. According to the operator, there will be a ‘targeted, invitation only launch at first to eligible customers’, with this strategy being followed so as to ensure the telco has ‘the right service available to those who need it’. However, over the course of the next twelve months it plans to scale up access. In terms of pricing, Telstra has confirmed that the service will cost AUD85 (USD60) per month for a plan that includes 500GB of data per month and typical download speeds of between 50Mbps and 300Mbps.

Alongside the announcement of its new fixed-wireless product, Telstra has also announced that it is offering new ‘Superfast’ and ‘Ultrafast’ add-ons for those customers that sign up to one of its ‘nbn 100 Premium Internet’ tariffs. It notes that the Superfast option, which will cost an additional AUD30 per month, will offer typical evening download speeds of 215Mbps, while the Ultrafast alternative – priced at AUD70 per month – will offer typical evening speeds of 250Mbps. Customers will, however, have to be connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) via either fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) or HFC technologies to access an add-on.

Finally, Telstra has also confirmed that it has resumed selling ‘nbn 100’ plans for customers served via fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) technology (referred to in Australia as fibre-to-the-curb, FTTC). With the operator having paused the selling of such plans earlier this year, it claims it has ‘done a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure customers have a better experience with us when purchasing this plan’.

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