Two weeks after first switching on 5G in selection areas of the Gold Coast, Telstra has now done the same in Toowoomba, which makes it one of the first regional communities in the world to receive 5G
During the initial rollout Telstra CEO Andrew Penn said that more than 200 5G capable sites would follow before the end of 2018. All sites will utilise a license 3.4GHz spectrum.
Telstra's 5G network is funded by a three-year $5 billion investment as a part of it's T22 strategy.
"Bringing the transformational technology of 5G to Toowoomba, a key regional centre and one of the fastest growing cities in the country, is exciting for the possibilities it will enable, be it in education, health, community services, business and agriculture. For a sector like agriculture, the fibre-like data speeds, low latency and high performance and capacity of 5G open up fantastic opportunities for growth," said Mr Penn.
These rollouts follow the opening of Telsta's 5G innovation centre on the Gold Coast back in February.
In addition to becoming the world's first precinct of 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots, it also has the world's first end-to-end non-standalone data call on a commercial mobile network and Australia's first 5G connected car.
This news also comes only a week after Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE were banned from supplying 5G technology to Australia.
Today it was announced that Huawei and ZTE will be banned from supplying 5G technology to Australia. This comes after months of discussions and investigation regarding the inclusions of Chinese vendors in 5G networks — including Huawei rejecting the claim that it would be a security risk back in June.