More than a year has passed since Telstra first announced a trial of its 5G fixed wireless service, with the phone company finally opening the product to somewhat general availability on Wednesday.
Trial users paid AU85 per month for 500GB, but it has now increased the quota to 1TB while keeping the price at AU85. It offers business and home plans with the same cap, for the same price.
Telstra said it sees an average download speed of 378 Mbps during the evening rush hours of 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., with a speed range during that time of between 50 Mbps and 600 Mbps. For downloads, the typical speed is 46 Mbps and varies between 10 Mbps and 90 Mbps. If users exceed the data quota, speeds are locked in at 25 Mbps, and are “slowed further during peak periods until the next billing month.”
With the phone company’s 5G coverage at 75% of the population, Telstra checks user addresses to make sure coverage is available and limits the number of users by zip code. The phone company said it plans to achieve 95% population coverage by fiscal 2025.
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Telstra offers its 5G modem for free, and if users cancel within two years, they must either return the modem via a working parcel service within 21 days or pay AU $ 29 for each month remaining in the period. two years.
Players are cautioned that the service does not provide single digit latency.
In September, Vodafone opened its 5G fixed wireless service to customers in its smaller footprint. It offers two plans: the first is AU $ 75 per month and offers unlimited data with speeds of up to 100 Mbps, and the second removes the speed cap for an additional AU $ 10 per month. Customers who already have a Vodafone mobile plan can reduce the price of the plan by AU $ 5 per month.
Optus opened its 5G fixed wireless service two years ago and has plans similar to Vodafone that cost AU $ 5 per month more.
Earlier Wednesday, Telstra announced that it had renewed a five-year AU $ 1 billion contract with the Department of Defense.