Tuesday, 26 May 2020 10:57

Telstra claims 5G rollout ahead of schedule, 47 cities covered

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Telstra claims it is ahead of its schedule as far as providing 5G coverage in Australia goes, with 47 cities now able to use the technology.

The company's Network Engineering executive Channa Seneviratne said in a blog post that the telco had aimed at covering 35 cities by June.

He said users had already downloaded about 660 terabytes over the 5G network.

"This significant milestone means that more than 700 suburbs across Australia are now more than 50% covered by 5G, with some covered up to 100% ahead of schedule," Seneviratne claimed.

His blog post was made on the same day that Telstra released its latest 5G mobile broadband modem: the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro, which supports mmWave 5G.

But there are no real-life sites for testing this modem as mmWave will not be auctioned off until next year.

Said Seneviratne: "...we already have three test sites live on our network, [and] if you happen to live near one of these locations and own a Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro, you might accidentally find yourself benefitting from the next iteration of 5G before anyone else in Australia."

The cities covered by Telstra's 5G are:

Canberra ACT

Albury Wodonga NSW

Bathurst NSW

Central Coast NSW

Coffs Harbour NSW

Deniliquin NSW

Dubbo NSW

Goulburn NSW

Grafton NSW

Griffith NSW

Kempsey NSW

Lithgow NSW

Maitland NSW

Murwillumbah NSW

Newcastle NSW

Port Macquarie NSW

Portland NSW

Sydney NSW

Wagga Wagga NSW

Brisbane QLD

Bundaberg QLD

Cairns QLD

Gladstone QLD

Gold Coast QLD

Ipswich QLD

Mackay QLD

Rockhampton QLD

Toowoomba QLD

Townsville QLD

Warwick QLD

Adelaide SA

Mt Gambier SA

Hobart TAS

Launceston TAS

Ballarat VIC

Bendigo VIC

Geelong VIC

Hamilton VIC

Horsham VIC

Kyneton VIC

Melbourne VIC

Mildura VIC

Swan Hill VIC

Wallan VIC

Warrnambool VIC

Busselton WA

Perth WA


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