Telstra has taken gold in the race to switch on 5G technology, with Australia’s largest telco announcing that it has turned on its 5G network in some parts of the Gold Coast.

Telstra CEO Andy Penn said that switching on 5G-enabled sites at the Gold Coast will “enable us to test 5G pre-commercial devices in real-world conditions and use unique innovations like our connected car to test our 5G footprint.”

“It also means we can connect compatible commercial 5G devices for customers in 5G areas as they become available,” he added.

“Over the coming months we will continue expanding our 5G coverage with plans to roll out to more capital cities, regional centres and other high demand areas.”

By the end of the year, Telstra promises to have 500 such “5G-capable” mobile sites up and running.

The speed bumps along the way

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