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Telstra Opens Up 5G Wi-Fi Hotspots To Public

Telstra has opened up use of its 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots to the public – a move which could make Australians among the world’s first to access the new mobile technology.

The 5G Wi-Fi hotspots are located in the Gold Coast, and follows the opening of Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre in February.

Members of the public can connect to the 5G hotspots for free, and access speeds above 3Gbps. It’s reportedly the equivalent of streaming 1,000 HD movies simultaneously.

A daily download limit of 10GB/per device applies.

Whilst 5G is largely still in development globally, Telstra states this is the first time the broader public will have access to the technology.

The telco is employing 5G backhaul and several Wi-Fi network tweaks to enable use of 5G on current devices. At current, there are no smartphones [or other devices] created for 5G use.

Telstra states cars can also connect to the mobile technology. Courtesy of a joint development between Ericsson and Intel, “connected cars” reportedly notched download speeds of 1Gbps [inside the vehicle].

Mike Wright, Telstra Group Managing Director, claims the development reflects the rapid progression of 5G technology, ahead of Telstra’s official rollout in 2019:

“This shows how quickly the technology is evolving. At the start of the year our 5G prototype device was the size of a bar fridge and weighed more than 200 kilograms”

“Now, in collaboration with Intel and Ericsson, we have one that has been shrunk down to the size of a personal computer and can be installed in a car”.

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