• Telstra’s Current 5G Coverage Development in Australia
  • Optus’ Current 5G Coverage Development in Australia
  • Telstra vs Optus 5G Coverage in Australia

5G coverage in Australia is here, and is continuously growing as more and more areas welcome new facilities and equipment to allow mobile network users to enjoy the latest mobile network technology. 5G is rolling out not only in Australia but as well as the rest of the world.

Global adoption to the 5G wireless technology began late 2019. In the same year, back in November, Telstra and Optus have already begun materializing their plans as they begin to upgrade and build new facilities to make 5G available across the country. Vodafone, another main player in the telecommunication industry in the country have also begun rolling out its 5G facilities and switched on its very first 5G site in Parramatta early 2020.

Optus plans to deliver around 1,200 5G sites across the  major states of the country - ACT, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, and Queensland. Meanwhile, Telstra already managed to build its 5G network in over 46 different towns and cities in the country. Major cities such as Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Hobart, Sydney, Toowoomba, the Gold Coast and Lanceston are already enjoying 5G connectivity access via Telstra. 

Telstra’s Current 5G Coverage Development in Australia

Telstra is currently leading the race in rolling out 5G coverage in Australia. Last August, Telstra CEO Andrew Penn already revealed the brand's plan in rolling out 5G mobile internet connectivity. Telstra plans to have its 5g services available to 75% of the total Australian population by June 2021. Interestingly, Telstra also reveals that there will be no separate fee for consumers who are about to enjoy 5G network access. 

Last August, Telstra already revealed that 1/3 of the population is already enjoying the 5G network, in different major cities and suburbs in the country. The telco company already brought forward a total of $500 million in capital expenditure to be able to expedite its plans in making 5G accessible to the Australian population. The investment made it possible for Telstra to accelerate its 5G roll out and be the current leader among the telecommunication companies offering 5G access to Australia.

Telstra plans to continue evolving its brand and making the necessary fixes and improvements to make 5G an essential technology in making telehealth, eCommerce, work and study at home, faster and even more efficient for the Australian population.

Telstra's 5G rollout is also a big move to open possibilities and interesting opportunities for the 5G devices that are continuously being released in the market. At present, around 210,000 5G capable devices are enjoying 5G mobile connectivity. As new 5G phones are released to the market, Telstra is excited to see how customers can enjoy these devices, through a faster more efficient mobile connectivity - 5G, when it comes to the market. 

The telco brand also confirmed that it will not be implementing its planned separate fee for 5G anytime soon. It will continue to run 5G for free up until further announcements. The HTC 5G Hub, Telstra's first 5G device was also launched early this year through a collaboration with its 5G network partner Ericsson.

Optus’ Current 5G Coverage Development in Australia

Optus, another big name in the telecommunication industry in Australia is also in its process in expanding and building its 5G mobile network. The brand aims to cover over 400,000 households that are currently serviced by Optus in the country.

In recent testings. Optus 5G access has already seen maximum speeds of around 400Mbps. Telstra offers up to 1Gbps, but Optus current speed offerings are already faster compared to its current Optus 4G network. Optus' 4G network currently features speeds of up to 30Mbps. The current 400Mbps speed via Optus 5G is already a huge improvement.

Optus offers 5G access to all its consumers. Telstra, on the other hand, requires a minimum plan subscription to be able to access 5G. Optus do not feature such pricing tiers but may consider such marketing strategies in the future. 

Interestingly, despite Telstra's lead in the 5G expansion and roll out in Australia, Optus has seen impressive achievements with 8.6% availability compared to Telstra's 8.2%. The results can already be considered as a highlight for Optus because Telstra was more than five months ahead in rolling out 5G.

As Optus continues to deploy 5G networks, download rates will soon be dominated by speeds that are already available through the 5G network, most especially with standalone 5G. 5G standalone is bound to replace the 4G core that is currently being used on non-standalone 5G with a 5G core.

Telstra vs Optus 5G Coverage in Australia

Vodafone, who recently launched its very first 5G site, is still too far away from Telstra and Optus's current achievements in rolling out 5G in the country. It is a battle between Telstra and Optus, with services currently available in several major cities and states in the country.

In terms of availability, Optus and Telstra are statistically tied. Both telecommunication companies showed almost the same percentage of time wherein consumers are connected to their 5G services. Download speeds are Telstra's top marks. It features a download speed of 231.8 Mbps and is 36.4% faster compared to Optus's maximum speed of 61.9 Mbps.

Telstra is also the current reigning brand in terms of average 5G speeds versus its earlier 4G mobile connectivity. Optus' 5G services are currently 3.9 faster than the earlier Optus 4G service. Telstra's 5G services are 4.6 faster than the older Telstra 4G network.

Telstra started its roll out several months earlier than Optus. It's 5G download speed has risen from 157 Mbps to 231.8 Mbps since its initial rollout, a 47.7% increase the brand is proud of. Telstra 5G users have already grown from 5.9% to 8.2 percent since its initial rollout.

Telstra is also currently the only telco company that supports 5G standalone access. This allows its consumers with the latest 5G smartphones to connect to 5G services without having to rely on the assistance coming from a 4G network.

Telstra, the biggest telco company in Australia is currently leading the 5G rollout in the country. It currently has the largest 5G network coverage availability in the region and is steadily growing to achieve its rollout targets for the year 2021. Optus and Vodafone are not far behind, but with Telstra’s massive capital investment to support its rollout, the two larger telecommunication companies need to work harder to catch up with Telstra’s 5G offerings.