Tel­stra and Op­tus prom­ise to roll out 5G net­work in 2019


TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT - [ SHARMISHTA SARKAR ]

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.

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