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5G Mobile technology showcased on the Gold Coast

The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast have provided Optus with an opportunity to showcase 5G mobile technology. The launch of  Optus 5G Live in Broadbeach has demonstrated 5G mobile capability powered through a live network, rather than through simulations.

Managing Director of Optus Networks Dennis Wong said,

“For people to be able to walk off the street and interact with real 5G technology is an incredibly exciting development as we continue towards leading in the delivery of the first phase of 5G technology in 2019.”

 “From being able to see 16 Gbps speeds through a 5G test room, to using a robotic arm to operate a vending machine, these experiences allow people to truly see how 5G may be integrated into day-to-day life - not just numbers on a screen,” said Mr Wong.

Telstra has also been trialling 5G technology over Easter and while the Games take place.  Telstra’s Mike Wright, Group Managing Director of Networks explains that Telstra is using the connectivity inside the recently opened 5G Gold Coast Innovation Centre located at the Telstra Exchange in Southport to power a series of Wi-Fi hotspots in the area.

While there are no 5G compatible commercial smartphones or tablets available today, Telstra is connecting 5G backhaul and infrastructure in the Southport Exchange to a standard Wi-Fi access point, so that people can use the technology on their existing device. This will be 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.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia is also working to roll-out 5G in Australia with Dan Lloyd, Chief Strategy Officer, saying recently:

“In Australia, Vodafone is in a unique position to be able to leverage the global experience of our shareholders, Vodafone Group and Hutchison. For example, Vodafone Group recently completed the world’s first 5G call with Huawei.”

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“One of the biggest steps we have taken to get our mobile network 5G-ready is our “dark fibre” transmission network. In 2015, we started rolling out 4,000 kilometres of fibre to more than 3,000 of our sites across the country. This fibre acts like a highway with virtually unlimited lanes, meaning exponentially higher capacity and lower latency to enable the exciting applications we expect from 5G,”said Mr Lloyd.

For more information about 5G and how it will work as well as trials being conducted by AMTA members including Ericsson, Qualcomm, Nokia, Samsung, Huawei, Intel and ZTE click here.

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