Mobile networks are no longer just aimed at people chasing fast download speeds. Instead autonomous drones, self-driving cars and other smart devices will benefit most from Australia's new super-fast 5G networks launching next year.
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Optus says it will start the roll out of its Australian 5G network early next year in key metropolitan areas. This follows trials of 5G New Radio, which showed 2Gbps download speeds for a fixed wireless service in homes and businesses using C-band and mmWave. These delivered low latency and fast speeds. C-band is within the same spectrum range of Optus’ 3.5GHz, which has been earmarked for 5G deployment.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
This week, Vodafone held its first live public 5G demonstration in Australia, with Nokia at the University of Technology in Sydney. Gizmodo joined UTS staff and students watch robots deal with latency, eight simultaneous streams of Virtual Reality and of course -- speed tests using 5G capabilities.
But when will we get it, and what will it be used for?
Two weeks after Telstra revealed it had completed a live trial of a superfast 5G mobile network, Optus has announced it will be working with Nokia to collaborate on 5G. The telco hopes this partnership will help it beat its rivals to launching a 5G network in Australia and will be running tests using its 3500MHz spectrum. Here's what you need to know.
Everybody loves speedy internet, so it’s no surprise that every major telecom provider in the world is working to make it even faster. Smartphones, watches, homes and cars are increasingly requiring stable internet connections. In order to pipe in enough bandwidth for that precious wireless feed, we're going to need an entirely new form of wireless signal -- that’s where 5G comes in.
If you take a stroll outside today, you'll see a lot of people with mobile phones, phablets or tablets in their hands making calls, using the internet to catch up on the news, watch videos, or interacting with others via Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter.