It’s not obvious from the Telstra Exchange blog post or its information pages for 5G Home Internet and 5G Business Internet Pages, but in the critical information summary the good news is that downloads after 1TB are still continuing. at a still decent “up to 25 Mbps” level, which is a welcome jump from the 1.5 Mbps speeds on mobile plans, but is 5G home or business internet still available in your area?
Good news – Telstra 5G internet service is finally here, for home and business – but it is not unlimited regardless of the maximum achievable speed, as is the case with the Optus and Vodafone 5G residential internet plans, and with Voda and Optus both offering cheaper plans that are still three to four times faster than Telstra’s 25Mbps capped download speeds after the 1TB download (with downloads counting toward the download limit).
iTWire Colleague David M Wiliams wrote about yesterday’s announcement here, in an article titled “Telstra Unveils 85TB 1TB 5G Home and Business Internet Service” and whose global head of connectivity and products is Telstra’s platform, Sanjay Nayak, wrote on the Telstra Exchange blog titled, “The Ridiculously Fast 5G Home and Business Internet is Here.”
Now Telstra’s 5G network is significantly larger than that of Optus or Vodafone, but wherever 5G mobile coverage is available, it is not yet possible to get Telstra 5G home and business internet. Even Telstra says its 5G Home and Business deployment is for a “limited number of available services per zip code”, so 5G service is not inundated and capacity can be managed and maintained, and presumably as capacity increases. , more people will be able to join the service.
My address in Canberra has excellent Telstra 5G mobile coverage, but is not yet eligible for Telstra 5G Home and Business internet service. Meanwhile, my sister’s address in Sydney says coverage is available. Other addresses that I tested in Canberra with a great 5G mobile did not have service for 5G Home or Business service.
Vodafone and Optus do not have 5G home internet coverage in all of the addresses I checked earlier, although my sister’s place is a dark pixel away from 5G coverage on the map, and appears on Optus as not being available, but since she lives on the top floor, when I took the Optus 5G Home internet modem that I was testing at her house, downloads of 200-300 Mbps were the norm so there are fortuitous coverage but Australians are still waiting for more 5G to be rolled out, even as it continues, faster with Telstra and slower with Optus and Vodafone.
So if you ARE in an area with Optus and Vodafone 5G home internet coverage, they have unlimited downloads at around 100Mbps, or also max 5G speeds at $ 89 with Optus and $ 85 per month with Vodafone, and represent better value than Telstra.
However, if you have Telstra 5G Home or Business Internet, you still get 1TB of combined downloads and downloads, then up to 25Mbps of downloads and an as of yet undetermined number of download speeds up to Mbps. I asked the question, so I will update here hopefully soon.
The response was received – it’s 5 Mbps, which I expected the number to be. This too will hopefully accelerate in the future on Telstra before a presumed inevitable shift to unlimited data over the next two years is introduced for competitive reasons, and because Optus and Vodafone l ‘already offer today, but with increasingly smaller 5G footprints.
Telstra will also likely be forced by the competition to increase its download speeds after 1TB (or a future higher amount reached) from the current 25 Mbps to double or quadruple – or simply to offer unlimited service like Optus and Vodafone do. .
On Telstra’s Critical Information Summary, or CIS, for its home and business 5G plans, a section states:
“Once you exceed your included data allowance, your download speed will be capped at 25 Mbps and slowed down further during peak periods. 25 Mbps is suitable for small households of 1 to 3 people using multiple connected devices. It will allow streaming. simultaneous multiple standard definitions. (480p) videos, email, web browsing and social networks. Or streaming a single high definition video (1080p), if there is no other online activity. will not be able to purchase more data or top up with this plan. “
So, it’s great to see the arrival of Telstra 5G Home and Internet service, even if in an area obviously more limited than the whole 5G footprint, and even with its limits, because the era of 5G in more and more places has just made a new leap forward.
We even have the timeline that Telstra shared on how this service will develop as part of its T25 announcement, presumably to moderate demand and keep people on fixed NBN services which are getting faster and faster at 250 Mbps, 500 Mbps and up to 1 Gbps, with Telstra stating:
“We want to make sure our customers have a great experience, so we’ve developed a full service qualification that checks things like Telstra 5G signal capacity and strength. Over the next 3-5 years, we will continue to deploy Telstra 5G and doubling of metro cells to increase density for greater capacity and speed. “
In the meantime, Optus and Vodafone also have a lot more 5G deployments to do, so 2025 will really be the year 2025G, and in the meantime, more and more places are benefiting from 5G cell tower upgrades, more and more 5G phones and tablets are available, more and more mmWave 5G is deployed and more and more competition enters the market, which is also expected to be disrupted by various satellite broadband services brought online this decade, with Starlink already been there for months in beta form.
The future of connectivity finally looks bright, with plenty of NBN upgrades coming, and tons of more 5G too, and the era of ubiquitous connectivity will be even more entrenched and tied to our lives than it ever gets. is now, with augmented reality glasses of the 2nd and even the 3rd generation expected by then as well.
It’s an exciting time to be alive – and by then hopefully we are finally truly in the post-COVID era!