Australia’s TPG Telecom Limited, which offers services under a raft of brands including Vodafone Australia, will launch a fixed-wireless 5G offering in the first half of next year, the company’s CEO Inaki Berroeta announced at the CommsDay Summit. In outlining the plans the executive confirmed that TPG Telecom had recently completed millimetre wave (mmWave) trials in Carlingford in north-west Sydney on the 28GHz band, in which it said it had achieved downlink speeds of ‘around 2Gbps’. With it noted that 4G fixed-wireless services have been sold under the Vodafone brand for some time, Berroeta said that such connectivity has been offered in areas where the company has excess 4G capacity, and has been taken up by ‘thousands’ of customers.
The cellco launched mobile 5G services in March 2020 and Berroeta confirmed that customers can currently access the next generation mobile broadband technology in parts of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast. With the operator said to be currently working on deploying ‘more than 1,200 sites’, by the end of 2021 it aims to achieve 85% population coverage in the country’s ‘top six’ cities.