Media Release, 14 January 2021

One in two Aussies now covered by Telstra 5G in major roll out milestone

Melbourne, 14 January 2021 – Telstra has hit a major milestone in its 5G roll out with more than 50 per cent of Australians now living in Telstra’s 5G coverage footprint.

Telstra’s Technology Development & Solutions Executive Channa Seneviratne said the milestone marked another huge step forward for the network roll out and showed Telstra was on track to hit its target to expand coverage to 75 per cent of the population by the middle of the year.

“Our customers have told us coverage is the most important thing when it comes to 5G so Telstra’s 5G roll out reaching more than half of the Australian population is a huge milestone,” Mr Seneviratne said.

“Bringing Telstra 5G coverage to more people means they can get more out of their 5G device and really experience what 5G has to offer.”

“This isn’t any ordinary milestone, especially when you look back just a couple of years to see where we’ve come from and now to the huge 5G network construction project we’re getting on with.”

“We’ve made great progress but there’s still more work to do, which is why we’ve set our teams aggressive roll out targets to bring Telstra 5G to 75 per cent of the Australian population by the end of June this year.”

“We’ve expanded Telstra’s 5G network coverage to even more areas of our big cities, regional centres and country towns and, with more to come, more Australians will be covered by Telstra 5G than anyone else.”

“We now have Telstra 5G coverage in selected areas of more than 100 cities and towns, including major regional centres in every state including Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Geelong, Mt Gambier, Launceston and Busselton so our customers can get Telstra 5G in more places.”

Telstra already has more than 750,000 5G devices on the network and is adding thousands of new 5G devices every single week as more customers take up new devices.

There are more than 2,650 Telstra 5G sites on-air across the country, as well as coverage in more than 100 cities and towns and more than 2,000 suburbs across Australia with selected areas of Telstra 5G coverage.


Telstra Media contact:

Matt Smithson – State Media Manager (Victoria & Tasmania)
Media ref: 001/2021