Telstra just switched on 5G technology on the Gold Coast

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Telstra today announced it had switched on 5G technology across selected areas of the Gold Coast, Queensland.

It’s the first telco in the country to roll out the next general mobile network.

Telstra CEO Andrew Penn says it’s just the beginning.

“Today’s switch on demonstrates Telstra’s commitment to mobile leadership in Australia and will support the ongoing testing of next generation mobile technologies in Australian conditions to support the early commercial deployment of 5G mobile services,” he said.

The 5G-capable sites on the Gold Coast “enable us to test 5G precommercial devices in real world conditions and use unique innovations like our Connected Car to test our 5G footprint”.

“We know mobility is key for our customers, and that’s why we are focussed on delivering a 5G mobile service first and foremost.

“Over the coming months we will continue expanding our 5G coverage with plans to roll out to more capital cities, regional centres and other high demand areas.”

Telstra has invested $5 billion over the three years to 2019 on the mobile network, and plans to have more than 200 5G-capable sites live by the end of the year.

In February the telco launched Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast which was the world’s first precinct of 5G-enabled WiFi hotspots.

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