5G, Unlimited Data & Half The Price Of Telstra
Telstra who are struggling to deliver 5G broadband in key Cities such as Sydney and Melbourne have also been exposed as having one of the most expensive 5G packages in the world.
Yesterday Vodafone in the UK turned on 5G in four cities with an unlimited 5G data package and the all new Samsung S10 5G smartphone for A$53 a month, Telstra is charging Australians $100 for only 150GB of data while also claiming that they have the “Best 5G network in the world”.
According to Vodafone who are currently in a fight with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission locally, after the proposed merger of TPG and Vodafone was stopped by the ACCC, the benefits of their UK 5G network include speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G and longer smartphone battery life. The netork was partially built by Huawei.
According to Vodafone’s own estimations, 5G will work across the four cities with 5G at average speeds of 150-200Mbps, and peak speeds will reach 1Gbps, these are Cities that have significantly higher populations that Sydney and Melbourne combined. London alone has 9M population.
This basically means you’ll be able to download a full HD film in around three minutes, which normally takes over 15 minutes on 4G.
In Sydney ChannelNews has struggled to get over 360Mps standing 20 metres away from a 5G tower, 300 metres down the road and still in line of sight the speed drops to below 100Mbps.
In the City and only metres away from the Telstra head office where Company executives are claiming speeds of over 1,200Mbps we were only able to get sub 300Gbps.
The cheapest Vodafone package with a maximum speed of 2 Mbps, is for those who do little more than message, browse the internet or distract themselves on social media.
The next tier is for those with an average data appetite; 10 Mbps is more than enough to run SD video on the go, while the final tier A$53 is for the heavy data consumers, gamers for instance.
“Vodafone’s move into unlimited data and its decision to price 5G the same as 4G indicate the emergence of a challenger mentality,” said Kester Mann of CCS Insight. “This is in sharp contrast to its traditional premium-focussed approach. It could spell bad news for carriers which has built a strategy based on challenging industry norms.”