Tel­stra com­mits to con­nect­ing Aus­tralia’s wide open spa­ces to 5G

It’s a chal­leng­ing coun­try to con­nect.

APC Australia - - Tech Brief -

While 5G is fast, the sig­nal isn’t far-reach­ing. For a coun­try like Aus­tralia, with pop­u­la­tions in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties, that would mean spotty mo­bile cov­er­age. Tel­stra boss Andy Penn, how­ever, is “con­fi­dent” that the fi­nal 5G stan­dard will al­low the reach of in­di­vid­ual mo­bile tow­ers to be ex­tended from 35km to 200km. While this would mean bet­ter cov­er­age in the bush, there are no guar­an­tees that Tel­stra’s 5G net­work will be as good as its cur­rent 4G foot­print. The telco is cur­rently testing 5G in some re­gional ar­eas, but has in­te­grated the new tech with its 4G setup.

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