Australian 5G networks are emerging, but not everyone has access yet. It’s not just in Australia; Many countries have 5G, but coverage is still a fraction of what 4G provided.
In case you don’t know, 5G is the next upgrade in mobile networks after 4G. It is many times faster than 4G and opens up many new possibilities, such as smart cities and farms, as well as unrelated AR and VR experiences.
Whether you’re waiting for 5G in Australia or elsewhere, you can keep up to date with developments in this new technology around the world with daily updates: 5G: Latest news and updates.
5G in Australia
There are three big names to watch out for: Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. The service you get depends on where you live, whether or not the carrier already has 5G-enabled phones, and whether you want mobile service or 5G internet at home.
One provider is Optus, the country’s second largest telecommunications company. In November 2019, they started offering both a mobile 5G solution and a 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). As of publication date, there are more than 290 5G sites in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
Optus went live with its full 5G network for a limited trial in late 2021.
5G Home Broadband can be ordered with a 50 Mbps satisfaction guarantee. One of the plans caps at 100 Mbps, the other doesn’t, and is said to offer download speeds in excess of 200 Mbps.
Check out their 5G Phones page for the latest list of their compatible smartphones. Their coverage map details where you can get 5G (mobile and home service). A benchmark report shows an average download speed of 350 Mbps.
Before 2019, Telstra already had more than 200 5G-enabled mobile sites, including not only all major cities in Australia, but also some popular destinations. Of the thousands of sites now in service, over 3,000 suburbs and over 200 cities represent more than 75% of the population in Queensland, including Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Tasmania, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston and Toowoomba. . The target is to reach 95% of the population by mid-2025.
Check out all 5G smartphone options. You can choose from a number of plans that work with any of these devices, from a 40 GB plan to a plan that supports 180 GB.
Telstra’s first 5G customer is FKG Group in Toowoomba using the HTC 5G Hub.
The company launched 5G home service in late 2020. In early 2021, it doubled the monthly data limit from 500GB to 1TB. In November 2021, 5G Home & Business internet service was launched, with download speeds of up to 600. MBBS.
In 2019, Vodafone Hutchison Australia partnered with Nokia to offer 5G to customers; Services launched in 2020. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Central Coast and Geelong are the first areas to roll out 5G.
Australian MVNO networks
If you have service from a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), you may have to wait even longer for 5G as these operators buy their access from other telcos, which may not respect the parent company’s 5G schedule.
For example, Woolworths Mobile, Boost Mobile, Belong and ALDImobile are on the Telstra network; Hello Mobile, KISA Phone and Kogan Mobile with Vodafone; and amysim, iPrimus and Exetel use the Optus mobile network.
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