Media Release, 03 July 2020

Townsville steps into a 5G future

27 November 2019: Townsville has today taken a step towards the 5G future as Telstra switches on the area’s first Telstra 5G base stations, part of our ongoing rollout of Australia’s leading 5G.

Telstra Regional General Manager Rachel Cliffe said the new 5G capacity, and the ongoing rollout, will not only benefit customers with 5G devices in the selected areas that 5G will initially be deployed, but will also benefit customers with 4G devices in the vicinity of new 5G coverage.

“Telstra has always been dedicated to connecting people in regional Australia and ensuring they are amongst the first to experience the latest mobile technology. It is really exciting that Townsville will be among the first cities in Australia, indeed the world, to have access to 5G connectivity,” Ms Cliffe said.

“Telstra has been leading the way to pioneer 5G technology – with a number of world and Australian firsts – and make it available to Australian consumers. Now with its first 5G site on air, customers in Townsville have a chance to be part of that cutting edge. Further to this, as we roll out this new 5G technology, it will also improve 4G capacity and speeds.

“We now have commenced the rollout of 5G in 25 cities around Australia. For those interested in finding out more about the 5G coverage rollout and about the 5G handsets and devices available to take advantage of this new network technology, further detail can be found at[1] or by talking to a team member in any Telstra store.”

The commencement of the 5G rollout in Townsville is part of Telstra’s commitment to extend 5G coverage to selected areas of 35 major and regional cities across Australia by the end of June 2020.




Telstra Media contact: Danita Goodwin, State Media Manager (QLD)


Reference number: 141/2019

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