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Penn says Telstra set to lead in 5G capabilities Featured

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Telstra chief executive Andrew Penn. Telstra chief executive Andrew Penn. Supplied

Securing between 30-80 MHz nation-wide in the 3.6 GHz spectrum will ensure that Telstra plays the leading tole in bringing 5G capabilities and super-cast connections to Australians in both urban and rural areas, the company's chief executive Andrew Penn says.

Australia's biggest telco now has 60 MHz of contiguous spectrum in all major capital cities and between 50-80 MHz of contiguous 5G spectrum in all regional areas.

Penn said: “This is an extremely significant moment for Telstra and as we set out last week at our Investor Day, 5G will bring enormous opportunities for growth.

"This is also a significant investment in the nation’s future connectivity, including large holding of regional spectrum, demonstrating our continued commitment to bring the latest technology to Australians in regional areas.

“Telstra is leading the way in working with suppliers and international standard bodies to develop the 5G ecosystem. This will enable us to provide the data, connectivity, low latency and speed necessary to enable new products and services that will radically alter the way we do business, consume content and connect with each other.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of the auction, both in terms of the spectrum we have secured and the overall way the auction was conducted.”

Penn said before this auction, Telstra had already switched on 130 5G-enabled sites across the country and planned to have 200 sites by the end of the year.

“Over the coming months we will continue expanding our 5G coverage with plans to roll out to more capital cities, regional centres and other high demand areas,” he said.

“Our aim, just as we were with 3G and 4G, is to be Australia’s leading 5G provider, through the culmination of an $8 billion investment over the five years to 30 June 2019 to enhance the capacity, capability and reach of Telstra’s mobile network.”


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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