Media Release, 22 May 2019

Telstra launches Australia’s first 5G mobile device

Today, 5G becomes a reality for Australians as Telstra launches the country’s first 5G mobile device, the HTC 5G Hub. The HTC 5G Hub is available to order online today and will be available from Telstra Stores on 28th May.

The HTC 5G Hub is the world’s first 5G/4GX media hotspot. It functions equally as a secure mobile corporate solution and a family entertainment hub that can leverage 5G to stream shows and games to your TV in 4K.

Telstra’s CEO Andrew Penn said the launch of the HTC 5G Hub signified one of the company’s most important milestones in the transition to 5G, with customers now able to order a 5G device and, in select areas, enjoy 5G connectivity via the Telstra network.

“Our launch of the HTC 5G Hub is the moment 5G becomes a reality for Australian consumers,” Mr Penn said. “Since 2016, we have been working with some of the world’s leading technology brands to ensure Australians are among the first in the world to be able to access 5G.

“HTC has been a key partner for Telstra, innovating new technologies and driving greater connectivity for our customers. This launch of Australia’s first 5G mobile device is a testament to that partnership" Mr Penn continued “and we are proud to be launching it today”.

Thomas Dexmier, Country Manager HTC Australia and New Zealand said, “HTC is very proud to partner with Telstra to bring the first 5G media hotspot to Australia. With the HTC 5G Hub, customers will be able to experience the power and speed of Telstra’s 5G network in an innovative device, that combines the advanced capabilities of a mobile hotspot with the versatility of the Android operating system, allowing them to connect at home, at work, and on the go.”

5G has the potential to transform the way we all live and work, offering Australians the promise of better connectivity through greater network capacity, ultra-low latency, and faster speeds.

“This is just the start”. Mr Penn said. “The roll out of 5G coverage is ongoing and, as 5G develops, there will be more devices and more technologies to come. But this is an important step we take today, as the first Australian network to offer mobile 5G”.

Telstra’s 5G rollout aims to bring the technology to areas where it matters most to customers. Its current footprint focusses on CBD locations and selected regional centres that over 4 million people live, work or pass through every day.

Throughout 2019, Telstra will be extending its 5G footprint even further to cover more cities, selected regional areas and traffic hotspots, ensuring even more Australians can access Telstra’s leading 5G technology.


The HTC 5G Hub is the world’s first 5G/4GX media hotspot, designed to be a portable, ultra-fast travel router that allows you to share or stream content on the go. It boasts an all-day battery life and is able to support up to 20 Wi-Fi enabled devices and a gigabit Ethernet connection.

The HTC 5G Hub offers business users secure mobile connectivity with corporate VPN authentication and remote wipe capability but is just as easily put to use as an entertainment hub and a voice-activated remote control for other smart devices in your home.

Technical Specifications / Capabilities:


129 x 100 x 43 mm 

4G / 5G

Dual mode 5G / 4GX (Cat.20)​



340 g​


Android 9.0 Pie

Battery ​

7,660 mAh​

SIM Type

Nano (4FF)

Battery life

Up to 24 hours active time and 800 hours standby.


4GB Ram. 32GB Storage (Expandable up to 512GB with Micro SD™)

Available Colours



Ethernet/USB Type C​


5.0” HD capacitive touch screen

In The Box

Device and battery, AC adapter (12V/2.5A of 30W), SIM eject pin, QSG, manufacturer’s warranty card, safety guide


Plans and Pricing

Personal Plans

The HTC 5G Hub will be available on the Small, Medium and Large Mobile Broadband plans for $70, $94 and $104 per month, respectively (min 24 month contract). [Note: new plans will be announced late June which will include a future bolt on for 5G. For full details click here.].






Total Monthly Cost

(Min 24 month contract)


(Min Cost $1,680)


(Min Cost $2,256)


(Min Cost $2,496)



For use in Australia


(10GB + 15GB Bonus data)


(30GB + 30GB Bonus Data)



(80GB + 20GB Bonus)

Extra data $10 / 1GB


Full details available here
. MBB Bonus data offers end June 24.

Small Business Plans







My Business Wireless Broadband


Total Monthly Cost

(Min 24 month contract)


(Min cost $1,440)


(Min cost $1,680)


(Min cost $2,016)


(Min cost $2,256)


*includes a $10 auto applied credit



(Min cost $2,496)


(Min Cost $2,496)


*includes a $10 auto applied credit


(for use in Australia)


(1GB + 1GB bonus)


(5GB + 10GB bonus)






Extra data $10 / 1GB




Non Shareable

Full details available here
. MBB Bonus data offers end June 24.



Media contact: Steve Carey, General Manager Media

Media contact: Matthew Wu, Media Manager


Reference number: 055/2019