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Telstra officially launched its 5G service on the 3.6 GHz band at the end of May 2019 after switching on over 200 5G sites progressively since August 2018. The 5G service was initially available in over 10 cities, including parts of Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Launceston, Toowoomba, and the Gold Coast.

Espoo, Finland – Nokia and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) today announced that they are complementing their 3.5 GHz 5G rollout, with the first deployment of low-band NR700MHz spectrum in a field test environment in a 5G network in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.  

Vodafone Hutchison Australia today announced it has switched-on its first 5G sites around Parramatta, NSW with the telco set to introduce 5G international roaming in the coming months.

Vodafone Chief Executive Officer Iñaki Berroeta said that 2020 is the year of 5G and shortly Vodafone customers will be able to use Vodafone’s 5G network in Australia and in a few countries overseas.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia customers will soon enjoy the benefits of 5G technology with the announcement today that Vodafone has partnered with Nokia to commence the roll out of its 5G network in the first half of 2020.

Vodafone’s Chief Executive Officer, Iñaki Berroeta, said the new partnership paved the way for VHA to deliver 5G to its customers.

“This is an exciting milestone in Vodafone’s 5G network rollout,” he said.

The call was conducted over 3.6GHz spectrum using Ericsson’s Baseband 6630, Radio AIR6488 and a 5G SA device based on a MediaTek chipset.

This milestone follows Ericsson’s recent announcement of cutting-edge Standalone (SA) New Radio (NR) software that enables super-fast response times and new capabilities to rapidly extend 5G coverage.

Optus today revealed the first details of its game changing 5G Home Broadband service which is underpinned by a plan to deliver 1,200 5G sites by March 2020.

In partnership with Nokia, who are supplying the 5G RAN and Fastmile 5G CPEs, Optus 5G sites are now live in two suburbs in Canberra, with an additional site live in Sydney and 47 more sites planned to be online by March 2019.

Optus has taken another significant step towards its commercial launch of 5G today by making a 5G data call on 60 MHz using 3.5 GHz spectrum.

The call, made as part of pre-launch testing, was made from an Optus 5G site in Dickson, Canberra utilising a commercial grade 5G Radio Network and customer premises equipment (CPE) developed in partnership with Nokia.

Four companies have won valuable 5G spectrum in the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s latest spectrum auction in the 3.6 GHz band.

‘This spectrum is recognised internationally as a key band for 5G services. Timely release of 5G-compatible spectrum will facilitate the early delivery of next generation 5G services to the Australian public and industry,’ said ACMA Chair Nerida O’Loughlin.

Telstra today demonstrated its 5G leadership through a series of world and Australian firsts, including the unveiling of the world’s first connection of a 5G mid-band commercial device and Australia’s first 5G video call.

Telstra today announced Ericsson as its key 5G partner under an agreement that will see the two companies partner to deliver the next generation of mobile technology for Australia.

The agreement, signed by Telstra and Ericsson today, marks another important milestone in the nation’s 5G technology development and rollout.

In a world first, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), Telstra and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have successfully completed the 2Gbps capable LTE data call using Telstra's live commercial network in the regional center of Toowoomba in Queensland Australia, in the latest step to make Australia's fastest mobile network even faster for Telstra customers.

TPG Telecom Limited (“TPG”) and Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd (“VHA”) are pleased to announce that the companies have entered into a Scheme Implementation Deed (“SID”) under which the companies have agreed a proposed merger of equals to establish a fully integrated telecommunications operator in Australia (“Merger”).

Telstra today announced it had switched on 5G technology in Toowoomba, making it the first regional community in Australia and one of the first places in the world to be 5G ready.

Telstra CEO Andrew Penn and Executive Director, Network & Infrastructure Engineering, Channa Seneviratne joined civic and business leaders at the Harristown base station in Toowoomba to launch 5G technology in a select area of the Queensland community.

Telstra today announced it had switched on 5G technology across selected areas of the Gold Coast, making Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network the first in the country to be 5G ready.

Telstra CEO Andrew Penn said this was just the beginning of Telstra’s roll out of 5G technology, with more than 200 5G-capable sites planned to be live around the country by the end of 2018.

Vodafone has given farmers a look into a connected future with the successful trial of a self-install mobile coverage solution – the Vodafone Regional Coverage Hub.

The plug-and-play device delivers 4G voice and data services in locations where commercial networks are not traditionally deployed, or where coverage is patchy or unavailable.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), Telstra and Intel have successfully completed the first end-to-end 5G non-standalone (NSA) 3GPP data call on a commercial mobile network at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast Australia in a multivendor setup. With this achievement, the companies have taken 5G out of the lab and into a real-world mobile network environment.

Telstra has today launched the Telstra 4GX-lite Mobile Satellite Small Cell offering, a new solution to help people living and working in some of Australia’s most remote places purchase their own coverage extension of the Telstra 4GX mobile service.

And the first customer is already on board, with a heads of agreement in place with Queensland’s Winton Shire Council to install two Satellite Small Cells to improve coverage at a tourism hotspot and a remote town.

Vodafone is continuing the evolution of its mobile network in the lead up to 5G, with the launch of 4.9G in Parramatta.

The technology, called Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO), uses Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) 1800 MHz spectrum. FDD band spectrum was first demonstrated for use in Massive MIMO by Vodafone in 2017, where it achieved a cell throughput speed of 717 Mbps across eight devices.

Optus has launched Optus 5G Live in Broadbeach, and in a world first, will simultaneously showcase 5G use cases and 8K video streaming on-the-go, on its live 5G trial indoor and outdoor network.

The showcase offers a preview of the state-of-the-art technology and marks a significant milestone in Optus’ commitment to make leading 5G technological advancements.

Telstra has turned on the first precinct of 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots in the world, allowing Gold Coast locals and visitors to enjoy free broadband while Telstra evaluates 5G technology.

Telstra’s Group Managing Director Networks Mike Wright said Telstra is using the connectivity via its recently opened 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast to power a series of Wi-Fi hotspots on Scarborough and Nerang Streets in Southport as well as a 5G Connected Car.