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Telstra inks network sharing deal with TPG Telecom in Australia

Australian carriers Telstra and TPG Telecom announced a ten-year regional Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) commercial agreement. Under the terms of the deal, TPG Telecom will secure access to around 3,700 of Telstra’s mobile network assets, increasing TPG Telecom’s current 4G coverage from around 96% to...

Telstra’s 5G network covers over 77% of Australian population: CEO

Australian operator Telstra’s 5G network reached 77.5% of the country’s population as of the end of last year, the carrier’s CEO Andrew Penn said in the company’s earnings release. Penn said that Telstra’s 5G network was now more than twice the size of Telstra’s next...

Telstra deploys Ericsson private 5G for Australian not-for-profit

Telstra has leveraged Ericsson private 5G to provide its enterprise customer AgriFood Connect, an Australian not-for-profit organization, with an on-premise, dedicated 5G network that utilizes a single-server 5G dual-mode core, which facilitates both LTE and 5G Standalone (SA) simultaneously. “The combination of a dedicated network...

Telstra claims new 5G upload speed record with Ericsson, Qualcomm

Using carrier aggregation, the companies achieved an upload peak rate of 986 Mbps in a live 5G demo Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm are claiming their third record-breaking data speed of late. In 2015, they broke the 1 Gbps barrier on 4G, followed by a new 5G...

Optus, Telstra secure low-band 5G spectrum in Australia

Australian operators Optus and Telstra have secured spectrum in the 850/900 MHz band, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said in a statement. ACMA said that all 16 lots available in the spectrum auction were allocated. The allocation raised a total of AUD2.09 billion ($1.4...

Ericsson launches time-critical 5G software to deliver ultra-low latency

Ericsson has launched new software to enhance 5G capabilities, with the aim of guaranteeing the consistent low latency and high reliability demanded by time-critical applications and services for consumers, enterprises, and public sector. Ericsson is enabling Time-Critical Communication through its new Critical IoT product –...

Telstra announces strategic plan to boost 5G coverage

Australian telecommunications operator Telstra has unveiled a strategy it is calling T25, with the main aim of extending 5G coverage across Australia, as well as enhancing its customer service. Telstra said that the T25 strategy is likely to come into effect by July 2022. The...

Australian regulator opens application period for 5G spectrum auction

ACMA is focused on low-bands for wide-area 5G coverage The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has recently opened applications for the upcoming auction of 5G spectrum in the 850 MHz 900 MHz band, ACMA said in a release. The government agency noted that low...

Telstra, Optus, TPG under investigation for misleading customers over NBN speeds

Telstra, Optus and TPG have all said that the National Broadband Network Co has not provided 'timely and accurate speed information' Three Australian operators — Telstra, Optus and TPG — are under investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over allegations of making...

Telstra reaches 75% of Australia’s population with 5G

Australian operator Telstra said that its current 5G coverage footprint currently reaches 75% of the country’s population. “After starting our initial 5G rollout across major cities, a big effort has been made to extend this out to our suburbs, regional centers and rural areas. You...

Five Australian operators secure 26GHz spectrum for 5G

Five operators have won spectrum in the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s latest spectrum auction in the 26 GHz band. Of the 360 lots available in the auction, 358 were sold, realizing a total revenue of AUD647.6 million ($501.1 million). Telstra secured a total of 150...

Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm build on previous 5G record, achieve 5 Gbps download speed

The 5G download speed exceeds the group's previous speed of 4.2 Gbps Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies achieved a new 5G maximum download speed record on a commercial network for a single user. Performed the 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast in Australia, the 5G...

Telstra’s 5G network reaches 50% of Australian population

Australian operator Telstra said that its current 5G coverage footprint currently reaches over 50% of the country’s population. Telstra’s Technology Development & Solutions Executive Channa Seneviratne said that Telstra was on track to hit its target to expand coverage to 75% of the population by...

The current state of 5G in Australia

Mobile operators in Australia have been accelerating 5G deployments in 2020 and are waiting for additional spectrum that local regulator ACMA plans to award next year to further expand 5G networks. The main cities across the country are already covered by 5G. Here...

Australia opens applications for mmWave spectrum auction

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has opened applications to participate in the April 2021 auction of high-band 5G spectrum. The regulator will auction 2.4 GHz of spectrum in the 26 GHz band in 27 geographic regions across Australia. In a statement, ACMA member James...

Australian government announces two 5G spectrum auctions for 2021

  The Australian government expects to carry out two 5G spectrum auctions during 2021, the Ministry of Communications said in a release. In April 2021, it has scheduled a spectrum tender to award high-band 5G spectrum (in the 26 GHz band), which will enable fast, high-capacity...

Telstra reaches over 40% of Australia’s population with 5G

  Australian carrier Telstra said it has already deployed over 2,000 5G base stations in the country, providing 5G coverage to 41% of Australia’s population. The telco said in a statement that it aims to cover 75% of the country’s population with its 5G service by...

Australia’s TPG Telecom accelerates 5G deployment

  Australian operator TPG Telecom announced plans to accelerate its 5G rollout over the next 12 months, with over 85% of the population in the country’s six largest cities expected to be served by the end of next year. The company, which was formed through the...

Australia sets allocation limit for upcoming 5G spectrum auction

  The government of Australia announced allocation limits for the country’s next 5G spectrum auction, which is scheduled to occur in March 2021. In a release, the government said that the 26 GHz auction will be the first time high-band 5G spectrum will be made available...

Telstra leads Australia 5G speed ranking

  Telstra emerged as the leading operator in Australia in terms of 5G download rates, according to a report by Opensignal. The carrier recorded an average download speed of 231.8 Mbps, beating rival carrier Optus by 61.9 Mbps (36.4%). “This highlights the impressive jump in speeds that...

Telstra to cover 75% of Australia’s population with 5G by June 2021: CEO

  Australian carrier Telstra expects its 5G network to cover 75% of the country’s population by June 2021, the company’s CEO Andrew Penn said in a blog post. Penn noted that Telstra’s 5G network already covers around one-third of the population. The telco is already offering commercial...

Telstra’s comercial 5G services reach 47 cities in Australia  

  Australian carrier Telstra is already offering commercial 5G services in 47 cities across the country, ahead of its target of reaching 35 urban areas before the end of June. Channa Seneviratne, a network engineering executive at Telstra said that the company’s 5G service already reaches...

Telstra upgrades 5G network with Ericsson to handle Standalone traffic

  Australian carrier Telstra has upgraded its 5G radio access network (RAN) coverage footprint across Australia, connecting a cloud-native 5G Core (5GC) network to handle new 5G standalone traffic. Telstra used equipment from Swedish vendor Ericsson for the network upgrade. The 5G upgrade means that Telstra already has...

Telstra suspends job cuts, accelerates 5G rollout to face COVID-19 crisis

Telstra 5G acceleration to be funded by 2021 capex Australian carrier Telstra has decided to put a job cut program on hold and accelerate investments in 5G deployments due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Australia. In a statement, CEO Andrew Penn said: “We...

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