|Aussie Telstra: 5G to major cities by '19 end..................................................................|
Australian carrier Telstra finally announced its 5G launch plans, aiming to provide 5G to major cities and regional areas by the end of 2019 using both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum.
According to Telstra's 5G roadmap, 2018 will see the deployment of over 1,000 small cells in metro areas to increase capacity, and 4G and 5G integration trials with Ericsson, Intel, and Qualcomm, including interoperability testing.
"Our objective will be to lead the development in 5G, and be the leader in the rollout of Australia, but it's not just about being first -- it's about making sure you have a fully integrated and extensive 5G set of offerings," Telstra CEO Andy Penn told ZDNet at MWC.
"We've always been a leader in technology and will continue to be so, and as I said it's one thing to just sort of put a flag in the ground, but what's more important is we have an integrated set of 5G solutions for customers, and also we will continue to invest in and develop the capability of 4G as well.
"Because ultimately, whilst 5G might be available commercially in 2019, realistically not everybody is going to suddenly switch to 5G; there will still be many customers on 4G."