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Telstra Network Boss Quits Ahead Of 5G

Telstra network boss and Group MD, Mike Wright, has announced his shock resignation after nearly 40 years – news which has left senior management notably quiet, on the cusp of the telco’s 5G build.

[Mike Wright]

Mr Wright is known for spearheading Telstra’s 5G plan, and addressing recent faults in its 4G network.

Commencing as a graduate in 1980, Wright worked his way up the ranks, and is set to depart Telstra at the end of September.

Commentators claim Wright’s departure comes at an interesting time, with Telstra losing its ‘network star’ ahead of 5G rollout.

Mr Wright’s replacement is yet to be announced, with no official statement provided from Telstra CEO Andy Penn.

Wright has not specified the reason for his shock resignation, but has alluded to taking “a break” and pursuing a “new direction” for his career.

Yesterday Telstra Chief Operating Officer, Robyn Denholm, offered her thanks for Wright’s contribution, which she asserts will leave an “impressive legacy” on the telco’s wireless and fixed networks.

“I am very proud of everything we have achieved and I will be leaving Telstra in a few months, knowing that the team is on the cusp of great success in bringing the next generation of networks to Telstra’s customers,” Wright asserted yesterday.

Telstra is expected to establish its 5G-ready network by the first half of FY19.

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