Telstra is choosing a range of different launch sites for its early 5G network in order to ensure the new mobile network can handle all geographical and population density requirements ahead of 5G smartphone availability next year, CEO Andy Penn has told ZDNet. “There’s a few things that go into our site selection,” Penn told ZDNet on Wednesday. “We obviously want to make sure that we’re covering different parts of the country nationally, and so targeting different topographical, demographical locations — so we launched one in Toowoomba, which is a good barometer of what we need to do regionally and Toowoomba’s quite a digital hub.” While Penn wouldn’t be drawn on where Telstra will be launching next, he did confirm that the telco’s 5G network will be live “nationally” by the end of 2018, with the telco using mid-band spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The availability of spectrum is also part of its selection criteria, as well as the ability to trial major use cases with its early 5G networks, like smart cities. “Smart cities is a really important use case … and there’s a number of communities and councils around the country that have very significant aspirations to enable their smart cities, and it’s not just metro,” Penn said. “I was speaking to the Lake Macquarie economic development council, I was briefly in Bendigo, and Toowoomba we’ve talked about, Bunbury in Western Australia; there’s lots of communities across the country that see digital and enabling their smart cities as… [Read full story]
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