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Telstra Pledges Gigabit Speeds On Nighthawk: 5G – Maybe …

Telstra is promising mobile users gigabit-class speeds on its network if they acquire a new mobile hotspot gadget made by Netgear.

Telstra says the new Netgear Nighthawk M1, pictured, which it will begin marketing next month, is the fastest mobile device in the world, capable of downloading a 300MB one-hour TV episode in 16 seconds; and a 3GB HD movie in three minutes.

The device – which the telco is billing as the Telstra (rather than Netgear) Nighthawk – will be available in February to new and existing customers for a recommended $360 outright or on a range of plans, Telstra says.

Telstra has yet to reveal monthly plans and observers note that current 4GX plans peak at 15GB for $55 a month.

Andrew Volard, Telstra device director, said the Nighthawk will “help people further embrace a new breed of mobile applications and experiences including immersive virtual reality, connected cloud computing and rich entertainment. And it brings us one step closer to introducing 5G in Australia.”

For home and small officers seeking to connect wirelessly, the Nighthawk M1 is said to support+ up to 20 Wi-Fi devices on a single connection and boasts download speeds up to 1Gbps.

Telstra plans to launch the device for consumers at the end of February, with an outright price of $360.

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