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Search the FT Search. World Show more World. US Show more US. Upgrading to ultra-high frequency "millimetre" waves is a vastly more costly exercise for a big network, requiring cells every metres or so in built up areas. Telstra's Channa Seneviratne says Australia will be using millimetre wave technology in the future, but it won't be in A that point we will have to design a network in terms of the laws of physics," he said.
Given Australia's vast area and low population density, a millimetre wave network is likely to remain a niche product, perhaps limited to factory floors, or "behind-the-window" use. However, that spectrum is not even on the market yet and Telstra has only started bidding for the available frequencies in recent weeks. Next year's commercial launch will be limited to the capital cities, as well as couple of regional centres, including Toowoomba and Launceston.
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It will be deployed in high-usage areas such as central business districts, shopping malls and sporting venues where 4G networks are under strain. On Ovum's estimation, national-scale 5G networks will not emerge until the middle of the next decade.
So will consumers be slugged with expensive new plans and handsets to underwrite something that in its early stages won't appear to be different to what they already have? It will be instructive to see just much excitement this week's marketing exercise generates among the big investors. Topics: telecommunications , wireless-communication , company-news , business-economics-and-finance , australia.
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