Telstra has begun marketing its first 5G devices, making its 5G network accessible to the public for the first time. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Telstra began activating 5G sites in August last year but commercial services were not available at the time due to the lack of compatible devices for end-users. Home broadband plans using a HTC 5G Hub are now available via the company’s website, with tariffs ranging from AUD70 (USD48.2) per month for 10GB of data to AUD104 per month for an 80GB download cap. The device will be available from Telstra’s stores from 28 May, when its first 5G-compatible smartphone – Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G – will also go on sale. The company is planning to overhaul its mobile offerings at the end of June, when it says it will make 5G available for free for a minimum of twelve months ‘so everyone with a compatible device has the opportunity to try 5G when they are in a 5G coverage area’. Once this trial period ends, Telstra’s two premium mobile plans will include 5G connectivity, whilst subscribers to other plans can pay an additional AUD15 per month to utilise the new platform. Telstra currently has 5G coverage in ten cities but is aiming to increase that figure to 35 over the next twelve months.
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