5G Rollout Plan: What You Need to Know

  • Getting a New Device to Enjoy the 5G Network
  • Latency and Bandwidth under 5G
  • 5G versus Australia's NBN

Faster speed, better services, and improved lifestyle promise—5G commits to the technology-driven world. Carriers are continuously building their 5G networks to welcome this latest addition to the world. However, even after its launch in 2019, people are still struggling to understand what 5G Wi-Fi is, what it offers, and how it will roll out globally.

A part of the confusion is the initial hype about 5G, even before the rollout. High-speed, lower latency, and downloads as fast as the blink of the eye excited potential users. However, whether 5G can commit to a new immersive virtual reality experience to its users remains in our imagination, despite the marketing efforts we hear from its advocates.

Many mobile providers are catching up in expanding their networks to deliver what 5G experience promises to its excited users. As the landscape continually shifts, changes are still expected in the coming years. By the end of 2020, many countries will experience what 5G Wi-Fi is, and users will finally understand if 5G's promise will indeed live up to all of our expectations.

Getting a New Device to Enjoy the 5G Network

To enjoy or experience what the 5G Wi-Fi offers, you will need to invest in a new device that is 5G-ready. The 3G and 4G Network will still be available for the older devices, but for the 5G experience, a 5G-ready device is needed. 5G users can get to maximize the potential of their high-end devices under the new 5G mobile network. 

Samsung and Oppo manufacturers are starting to release 5G compatible phones to catch up with the current hype. Devices available in the market that have 5G features include Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, S20+ 5G and S20 Ultra 5G, Galaxy A90 5G, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, and OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G. Also one of the promising devices which will enable you to fully enjoy what 5G offers is Telstra's 5G Wi-Fi Pro, the most advanced hotspot device under the brand. 

Telstra, Vodafone, Optus, and other big names in the Australian internet service industry will be rolling out 5G in selected areas. An eligible plan is also required to access 5G under these brands. The 5G generation mobile technology, even with its lowest can-speeds can rival the fastest offerings NBN has. 

Latency and Bandwidth under 5G

According to most network providers, 5G offers low latency. Latency is referred to as the RTT or the Round Trip Time of the internet connection - the time it takes to send data from one device to the network and then back again. It is the response time of every action that you do while connected to the internet. Latency and ping are the essential factors to enjoy online gaming fully. A millisecond delay can create a massive difference in the gaming experience when latency and ping time is reduced. 5G commits better latency compared to the older mobile networks, with a 1ms latency. If 5G performs within its promise, even future technologies such as self-driving cars will benefit the most from the technology.

As for bandwidth, the 5G network can handle more devices simultaneously than the older 4G and 3G networks. If you have a super-fast NBN plan, two or three people connected at once can enjoy a high-speed internet experience. With 5G Wi-Fi, you could go for more than three users at a time and larger households can still look forward to better bandwidth experiences.

5G versus Australia's NBN

At present, whether 5G offers faster speed than NBN remains a theory. However, due to possible congestion, costs, and interference, the two may not necessarily compete with each other.

On a technical level, various technologies under the Australian NBN network and the latest 5G commits perform the same tasks. Both technologies offer high-speed data transport to its users. The difference is that 5G is entirely wireless data. 5G uses mobile technology to connect you to the internet network. NBN, on the other hand, relies on fibre to the node FTN and fibre to the premises FTTP.

One of the potential advantages NBN has over 5G is that speeds are guaranteed. A 5G signal is broadcasted over the air being a type of mobile technology. Speeds are fast but may vary due to interference. A 5G signal will have a hard time getting through walls and shared spaces compared to NBN. Crowded areas can also cause a slight slowdown in speed for 5G mobile network users.

5G will work alongside NBN instead of competing or replacing it. They are different forms of technology that commit better browsing experiences to their users. As the new technology rollouts in Australia, we can expect more options becoming available in the market in different states and areas in the country. Competition among these technologies offers better options, prices, and deals Australians can enjoy.

How Can You Get 5G in Australia?

Telstra launched 5G last May 2019 in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and the Gold Coast areas. It continues to expand to reach other states and suburbs in the region. Telstra's 5G network will be available in central areas in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, and Sydney and in some areas in Adelaide, Albury, Portland, Bendigo, and Orange. Melbourne will enjoy the most number of areas where the 5G network will be available.

Vodafone and Optus also launched 5G in the country during the same time last year and is currently working their way to provide access across Australia. Telstra currently provides 5G access on their medium, large and extra-large postpaid mobile services. Optus and Vodafone will be also offering the 5G access to specific mobile plans.

New infrastructures, upgrades in the current mobile stations and changes in the engineering and signal processing techniques are still being placed to be able to accommodate 5G in other areas of the country. All three major mobile providers - Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, are still all in the process of building, upgrading and improving, which limits their 5G coverage for the meantime.

5G is already upon the major Australian telcos. 5g is here and is to stay. We can expect more and more of 5G capable devices hitting the stores and more areas and cities in Australia enjoying 5G mobile networks.