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Telstra Launches Australia’s First 5G Mobile Broadband Device with mmWave capability

Telstra has unveiled what it says is Australia’s most advanced 5G mobile broadband device – the 5G Wi-Fi Pro.

From 26 May 2020, customers can get their hands on the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro online and in Telstra Stores for AUD$599 (or $24.95 /mth over 24 months).

The Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro features a 2.4 inch colour touch screen which includes a data usage meter that allows users to track their data usage with ease; a gigabit ethernet connection; a USB connection to support additional devices and a 4500mAH battery (with quick charge) that offers up to 9 hours continuous battery life. The device can also support up to 30 Wi-Fi enabled devices (15 each on 2.4 & 5 GHz) and features Wi-Fi 6 technology which increases performance and reduces interference.

The Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro leverages Australia’s best network with access to both superfast 5G and advanced 4GX connectivity.

It is also Australia’s first mobile broadband device that is mmWave ready, meaning it is future-proofed and ready to take advantage of the next iteration of 5G due to rollout at scale in 2021.

Telstra’s Product and Service Design Executive Andrew Stormont said the launch of Telstra’s first mmWave compatible 5G device is another major step in the evolution of 5G within Australia.

“We’re always working towards the future, and today we’re announcing another huge leap in connectivity for our customers by delivering the first mmWave compatible device,” Mr Stormont said. “mmWave is going to be a big part of our 5G future and with the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro we are offering customers a device that will be able to take advantage of the next iteration of 5G as soon as it arrives.”

The launch of Australia’s first mmWave compatible device coincides with the announcement that Telstra now has three mmWave testing sites on the network in Australia with more to come soon.

While the rollout of mmWave technology is not due to officially begin until after the Government auction next year, these sites will be live and people living in these testing locations who own a Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro will be able to benefit from this new technology before anybody else.

Separate to the mmWave testing sites, Telstra has announced a number of milestones in its 5G rollout.

Telstra has announced it has reached a significant milestone in its 5G rollout ahead of schedule, switching on 5G coverage in selected areas of 47 cities and larger regional towns across Australia.

One year ago, Telstra made a commitment to increase its 5G coverage in area almost five-fold and reach into at least 35 cities Australian cities before the end of June 2020. That figure now sits at 47.


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