Telstra, an Australian telecommunications, and media company, has turned on 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots allowing Gold Coast locals and visitors to enjoy free broadband while Telstra evaluates the 5G technology.
The company is also using mmWave spectrum ( band of spectrum between 30 GHz and 300 GHz) and its 5G Innovation Centre to put a Connected Car on the road with the Intel 5G Automotive Trial Platform.
The Connected Car will help Telstra to start getting real results on mobile performance over mmWave and ensure 5G network readiness.
These advances are part of a series of 5G related activities that Telstra, Ericsson, Intel and other technology companies will undertake on the Gold Coast in 2018.
An IHS Markit paper exploring the potential economic impact of 5G across the automotive industry projects that by 2035, 5G technology would enable over $2.4 trillion in economic output across the broader automotive sector which is almost 20 percent of the projected global impact of 5G.