Telstra has launched its 5G network across Canberra, Adelaide, and Perth, with the telco also making its 5G partnership with Ericsson official in announcing that the Swedish giant will be supplying its software and hardware networking solutions for the nationwide deployment.
Adelaide’s first 5G mobile base station is in Flinders Street; Canberra’s is in Pialligo, with more going live on Thursday in Phillip, Lyons, and Fyshwick; while Perth’s first 5G site will be in Narrows Bridge in the CBD.
Telstra said it now has 50 base stations live across its 5G network; however, there are no commercial devices that currently make use of it.
“Ericsson has worked closely with us to ensure Canberra, Adelaide, and Perth are among the first locations in Australia to be upgraded with 5G technology,” Telstra CEO Andy Penn said on Wednesday morning.
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“Today’s signing marks a strategic partnership that has developed between Telstra and Ericsson over many years, and one that has resulted in nearly 40 world and Australian firsts.”
One such world first was Telstra, Ericsson, and Intel making a 5G data call across a commercial mobile network in July.