What is 5G?

2G brought us SMS and picture messaging. 3G was all about mobile internet. 4G made streaming and sharing part of everyday life. 5G stands for fifth generation and is the next leap forward in mobile network technology. Downloads that take seconds, not minutes. Seamless streaming. Real-time gaming. A future where devices are interconnected, and immersive experiences are the norm.

What do I need to get 5G?

You’ll need a 5G device and a 5G-ready mobile or data plan to connect to Telstra 5G. You’ll also need to be in an area that has 5G coverage.

5G coverage

5G is now rolling out in selected?areas. In non-5G coverage?areas, you’ll automatically switch?to our 4GX/4G or 3G. Check our?coverage map to find out more.

A 5G-ready phone or device

If you’re ready to try 5G, take a?look at our range of 5G-ready?phones and?devices.

An eligible Telstra plan

Choose a plan that includes access to the 5G network.

What are the benefits of 5G?

Right now, Telstra 4G delivers a faster data experience in more places than any other mobile network. 5G builds on the foundation of 4G with innovative new technologies, base station upgrades, and greater access to spectrum bandwidth.

Downloading is faster with 5G

Downloading is faster with 5G

You can download movies, music, audiobooks and apps faster than ever before on Telstra 5G. Even when you’re on the go. Uploads are more efficient on 5G too?–?get your files and posts where they need to be, fast.

5G has more capacity

5G has more capacity. What does that mean?

Smartphones and the booming Internet of Things mean that data traffic on Telstra’s network is growing more than 40 per cent each year.?

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The network is like a busy traffic-filled freeway. 5G relieves the congestion by adding lanes in the form of spectrum bandwidth. This increased capacity leads to faster data speeds and better performance – especially in crowded areas.

Low latency

Low latency. Leave the lag behind

Latency is all about response times. It’s the delay between transmitting and processing instructions on network?devices. Low?latency equals better performance?with closer to real time response?– great news for gamers, driverless cars and mission-critical industrial automation.

Where is 5G available?

We have rolled out more than 1550 5G sites across the country. Right now, we’re in selected areas of 53 cities and regional centers across Australia – more than any other network.

How will 5G be different from 4G

How will 5G be different from 4G?

4G made it possible for us to stream and download on the go. 5G builds on this capability and takes it further. But 5G will do more than just improve our mobile phone experience. The increased capacity and lower latency of 5G has the potential to revolutionise the way we live – enabling technologies like smart cities and self-driving cars.

Is 5G safe?

We've done extensive EME testing on our 5G and have found the EME levels to be similar to 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.? The EME levels measured were found to be well below the safety limits, and in many cases, over a thousand times lower. We continually monitor our network and the ACMA conduct EME compliance audits. Independent health authorities require us to meet their safety standard so that you can use this technology safely

What happens to 3G and 4G?

Don't panic. 3G and 4G are not disappearing anytime soon. If you don't have a 5G phone, that's fine. You can still access super-fast and extensive 4G coverage on the Telstra network until you’re ready for a new 5G device. The 3G network will be decommissioned in 2024.

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