The main Aussie telcos have gone backwards and forwards over who has the higher 5G network, however Telstra can now definitively lay declare to having the widest protection.
In an announcement made at present, Telstra introduced that its 5G network now reaches greater than 50% of Australians, and that quantity is constant to develop.
Telstra has aggressive plans in the works for 2021, and as protection continues to roll out, it goals to succeed in 75% of Aussie’s by the finish of June this yr. So as 5G handsets change into extra widespread, Telstra must be well-placed to deal with the elevated site visitors.
Telstra says that it already has greater than 750,000 5G units getting used on its network – reminiscent of the iPhone 12 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 – although that doesn’t essentially imply every of these handsets is linked to a 5G plan.
In reality, Telstra is the solely supplier amongst the large three that requires you to pay a premium to entry its 5G network. While 5G protection is included on all Optus and Vodafone cellular plans, it’s solely out there on Medium and above plans with Telstra, which begin at AU$65 a month.
The state of 5G in Australia
Telstra predicts that when 5G is absolutely operational throughout the nation, obtain speeds might be 10 occasions sooner than what’s presently out there. That may probably see 5G customers downloading a film in HD in round a second, based on Telstra.
The firm switched on its first 5G towers in Australia in 2018. With the exception of Darwin, Telstra’s 5G protection is at present out there in all main cities and regional centres in every state.
The Optus 5G network is arguably not far behind Telstra, nevertheless; it too continues to be rolled out at velocity, and apart from Tasmania and the Northern Territory, it additionally reaches most main cities.
By comparability, Vodafone has comparatively restricted 5G protection at this stage, however the telco says it’s planning to cowl 85% of the population in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra by the finish of 2021.