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Telstra’s 5G network now reaching 80 per cent of the Australian population


Telstra has announced that, as of June 2022, its 5G network is now within reach of 80 per cent of the Australian population with a plan to have 95 per cent coverage by 2025.

Telstra CEO Andy Penn broke the news on LinkedIn, and he said 5G was not limited to capital cities.

“Turning on more 5G means turning on more for our digital economy and giving more Aussie’s the chance to work from anywhere,” Penn said in his LinkedIn post.

The 5G rollout for Telstra began back in 2019.

It was the first telco to offer the first wave of 5G smartphones at the time including the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

Tech Guide was there when Telstra demonstrated the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G on its network the which achieved download speeds of 1.216Gbps.

From there the company set themselves an ambitious rollout target and by May 2019 it offered its first 5G hub (from HTC) and released coverage maps for capital cities which already had 5G coverage.

By October 2020, 41 per cent of the population could access the Telstra 5G network

In August 2020, Telstra said it would achieve 75 per cent 5G coverage by June 2021 – a target it easily reached.

In late 2020, Telstra decided to offer 5G home Internet plants to connect customers with faster speeds than the NBN.

One of Telstra’s more recent breakthroughs came in October 2021 when it clocked an incredible 3.6Gbps on mmWave 5G in Sydney.

Which brings them two 80 percent 5G coverage in 2022 and a goal of 95 per cent by 2025.

Telstra’s 4G coverage is currently at 99.4 per cent of the Australian population.

Telstra recently announced it would also be bringing its call centres back into Australia with hubs to help customers scattered around Australia and closer to the communities where help was needed.