Mackay Region - Mobile Broadband Speeds, Telstra 5G LiDAR

This downloadable coverage map contains a geographic model of Telstra 5G mobile broadband data speeds within the Mackay Region. The model has been developed from LiDAR to ensure 5G coverage accurately reflects the impacts of buildings and structures.

Vegetation has been removed due to trees exhibiting partial RF transparency on the FR1 5G bands. To balance the removal of these data, propagation models have been adjusted. Vegetation remains in the model in those locations where 26 GHz mmWave 5G has been implemented, although no FR2 bands are in use within Mackay region.

The model is coloured in a traditional heat-map from blue to red, representing peak 5G NR downlink data rates from 80 to 900 Mb/s. Peak data rates represent the maximum achievable data rate at any given location. The model exclusively assesses availability of the n78 (3500 MHz) band, independent from Telstra's LTE-A Pro network.

Noticeably Mackay's Telstra 5G services are slower than in other parts of the country due to the limited spectrum licences, resulting in a 50 MHz channel width. Coverage is so far limited to densely populated residential areas, along with the city's commercial centres and industrial estates.

The Mackay 5G wireless broadband map can be used to determine availability of high speed data services. The model currently consists of Mackay city and surrounding areas as there are no 5G services outside of the metropolitan area. The map covers the following areas:

  • Andergrove, Beaconsfield, Blacks Beach, Bucasia, Mackay, Paget, Slade Point.

Recommended Use

This model has been generated to 3 metre grid accuracy using a combination of LiDAR derived building models and 5-metre LiDAR derived digital elevation models.

The model uses the Cradlepoint W2005 as its modelled UE (4x4 MIMO). 

The standard format for download is Google Earth KMZ, however a range of alternative formats are available for easy import into any GIS software on request (GeoTIFF, Google Map/OpenStreetMap Tiles, SVG, and many more).

3 m
4G Bands
434.00 km²
GDA94, MGA Z55
5G Bands