Telstra and Optus promise to roll out 5G network in 2019
BOTH TELCOS WILL TRIAL TECH AT THE GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES.
OPTUS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED that it plans to begin the rollout of the next generation of mobile connectivity in early 2019. “People have been hearing about 5G for some time, and there is pent up expectation, but to date, a lot of the talk has been highly theoretical,” said Dennis Wong, networks managing director at Optus. Optus, however, has not revealed any specific dates or locations for the commencement of the rollout, except to say it will be made available in “key metro areas”. There is also no word on what it will cost the end user.
Not to be left behind, Telstra has also laid out its plans for rolling out its own 5G network in 2019. Australia’s largest telco has set up a 5G Innovation Centre in the Gold Coast housing the new tech needed for next-gen connectivity. From this Centre, Telstra will be able to conduct trials before commercial deployment next year. “From our new 5G Innovation Centre, we will be completing a number of 5G firsts in 2018 to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of mobile technology,” said Robyn Denholm, chief operations officer at Telstra.
The news of the 5G network rollout comes after the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), — a consortium of telecommunications standard development organisations — met in December 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, to finalise the standardisation of 5G technologies. At present, there are no mobile devices — tablets or smartphones — that are 5G-enabled, so there is a possibility that the telcos might offer home broadband plans running on their 5G network at launch.