Telstra has continued their tower upgrade program, landing a major milestone this week: Telstra has activated 5G towers in what they’re describing as all major Australian Cities. Following the activation of several sites in and around Melbourne and Sydney, Telstra now has active 5G coverage in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Launceston, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast.
Currently Telstra has 187 towers upgraded to 5G, and they’re well on track to reaching their goal of 200 towers upgraded by the end of 2018. Impressive numbers, but what do they mean for you today?
Personally, probably not a lot. As a customer you can’t get the HTC 5G Hub that Telstra has provisioned for their network yet, and there are no 5G ready mobile devices on the market. Coverage is still growing. However, what this means for Australia, and Telstra customers specifically, is that the 5G roll out is well underway for when devices are available, and secondly that any local teething issues with the network can start being ironed out well ahead of a larger device rollout.
One thing is for sure, faster mobile speeds with more bandwidth are something few people are going to complain about. With the state of the Australian NBN rapidly passing a joke and quickly entering a dismal failure territory for many users, technology like 5G may very well provide a service that rivals that of tradition ‘in the ground’ service provision, at least in Australia.