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Five new Telstra broadband options are set to roll out across WA this month, with a Perth-based telco warning that the rollout is only getting underway in time for Christmas.
Telstra will roll out five new services across the state over the next 12 months.
Key points:Telstra is announcing new broadband services for customers in the state and is aiming to provide more than one gigabyte of bandwidth per customer by the end of the year Telstra says it will provide customers with free hotspot data on its broadband network Telstra’s chief executive, Mark Collier, says the rollout of its 5G services is now on trackThe company says it plans to roll-out new 5G technologies in a “gradual” manner Telstra CEO Mark Colliers comments: Telstra has been in the spotlight over the past few weeks after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched a investigation into its 5GHz spectrum auction and the company has since been accused of illegally using spectrum in the auction process.
A spokesman for Telstra said on Tuesday that the company would be announcing five new broadband technologies this month and that it would provide customers in WA with free broadband hotspot service.
Telstra said it had also rolled out “five new technology tiers” of its broadband service to the state, with more to follow.
The telco said the services were “expected to provide up to 1 gigabyte per customer per month”, which it said would be “comparable” to the speed of its 4G service.
Telco chief executive Mark Collies comments: We are taking advantage of a large, open market for broadband, which we are seeing over the course of the next six months, which is why we are investing so heavily in the future of broadband in WA.
“As with other telco companies, we will provide free hotspots to all customers with a connection speed of 25Mbps or faster, for a period of 12 months, during the rollout.”
Telco will also be offering an online trial of 5G technology, and will offer customers a free trial of “high speed internet” for 12 months after the launch of the new services.
But the telco’s chief financial officer, John Smith, said it was important to keep the rollout on track.
Mr Smith said Telstra would be launching a “very aggressive” rollout of 5Gs technologies in the coming months, with Telstra saying that it is now “on track” to deliver a 5G service within the next year.
In December, Telstra announced it would build a new 5GHz network to support the rollout.
At the time, Mr Smith said the company was “actively pursuing” 5G deployments and that the telcos decision to build a 5GHz technology network in WA would enable the telcom to “ensure we’re delivering the most efficient and efficient network in the industry”.
In March, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) ruled Telstra had broken the Competition and Markets Act when it sold its 5 Gbps licence to the NBN Co for $US1.6 billion ($2.1 billion) and a $4.5 billion ($8.6 million) price tag.
As part of the $US4 billion ($7.6-billion) deal, Telus and Optus agreed to “subsidise” the NBN to build their own 5G networks.
When the new Telus network was completed, the company had the capacity to offer “up to 100 megabits per second” to customers in all metropolitan areas in Australia.
During its review of the sale, the ACCC found that Telstra breached the Act by “advocating the use of the 5G spectrum for commercial purposes”.
ACMA said the telos actions had “a disproportionate impact on rural and remote areas and adversely impacted consumers”.
Mr Colliers, who is currently on a visit to Perth, told the ABC on Tuesday Telstra was looking to expand its 5Gs network in Perth and said the Telstra-NBN Co deal would enable it to do that.
“[Telstra’s] new technology rollout will enable us to provide 5G and 4G services across a much wider area, including many more metropolitan areas,” he said.
He said Telcos new 5 G service would be rolled out in “a gradual and deliberate manner”.
“Our 5G rollout will not be a one-off event and we are actively pursuing further upgrades to our existing networks to enable us and our customers to enjoy the benefits of this innovative technology.”
“We have identified a number of ways in which we can offer our customers the most cost-effective and efficient 5G network in Australia.”
Mr Coliers said Teles plans to continue offering free hotspads to customers, as well as offering the same speeds on other devices.
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