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Two-City Start For Telstra’s New 5G Portable Gadget

SYDNEY: Dying to try 5G communications, but don’t know where to start?

Telstra may have just the answer, after this week launching what it claims is the first truly mobile gadget to work on 5G networks.

Dubbed the 5G Wi-Fi Pro, the highly portable gadget comes with a built-in data usage meter, gigabit Ethernet connections and Wi-Fi 6. A 4500mAH battery is said to deliver up to nine hours of battery life between charges.

According to Telstra, it’s the first 5G device in Australia that works with mmWave. But, buyer beware, Telstra currently has only three sites capable of using mmWave:  two on the Gold Coast and one in Sydney. More to come, maybe …

Certainly the Big T says it expects mmWave deployments to ramp up in 2021.

Says Telstra exec Andrew Stormont: “MmWave is going to be a big part of our 5G future and with the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro we are offering customers a device that will be able to take advantage of the next iteration of 5G as soon.

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