18th Mar 2022

Why 5G is the future of regional telecommunications


What you need to know about 5G

5G is a hot topic that you may have heard about over the last few years. It is usually referred to as the future of the internet, providing lightning-fast speed and better connectivity across our mobile devices and broadband internet. But while a lot of noise has been made about its benefits, there is still some uncertainty surrounding the technology.  

We all know that concerns regarding new technology are as old as time itself, and knowing how it can help in our lives, especially for regionally-based Australians makes it easier to understand the benefit of 5G.


What is 5G?

5G or fifth-generation technology is a high-frequency wireless cellular network that began appearing in 2019. It is the successor to the current 4G LTE network responsible for providing most of the connectivity we enjoy right now through our mobile phones and home internet (including nbn Broadband).


Who invented 5G?

Not one single person or organisation can completely take credit for the inventing 5G. However, since the original development of wireless cell networks, the advancement of the technology has been gradually driven by a range of interested parties. This includes device manufacturers, network operators and infrastructure vendors, who have all contributed to pushing the next standard of technology. Think of 5G as a combined effort that takes the best of what each person has to offer.


How does 5G work?

The underlying radio frequencies used in 5G are not a new technology, instead, it simply uses higher-frequency radio waves than the current cellular networks. While these waves produce a higher frequency than older technology, 5G travels shorter distances without going through objects such as building walls, vehicles, and plants. As a result of this, the time taken for devices on the 5G network to respond to each other (latency) is significantly reduced.


How fast is 5G?

Imagine streaming 10 x more data to your compatible mobile phone! Thanks to the 5G network, users can expect peak data rates of up to 20GB per second, based on the International Telecommunication Union’s IMT-2020 requirements.

Imagine downloading a full-HD movie in under 10 minutes with 5G

These speeds and quicker response times allow for better quality that supports a wide range of communication needs. For businesses, this may result in ultra-fast data transfer and remote working to keep up with the increasingly digital world. For families, the 5G network can better bridge the divide between urban and regional Australia through enhanced video calls and online learning.


Where is 5G available?

Making 5G mobile and internet accessible requires building new infrastructure while upgrading and converting existing signal systems to support new capabilities speed. As you would imagine, this doesn’t happen overnight hence why it has gradually taken time to get off the ground.

In Australia, 5G coverage is currently available in selected areas through the major telecommunication providers, including in rural and regional areas. Where 5G is not available, your device will continue to use the existing 4G network.

Southern Phone 5G Plans

Enjoy superfast browsing, downloads or uploads on the Optus 5G network.

Check out our 5G plans here

Use our coverage map below to find out if 5G is available in your area with Southern Phone here: Optus 3G/4G/5G Mobile Network Coverage Map | Southern Phone





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