Vodafone Lights Up First 5G Sites in Parramatta
Vodafone Hutchison Australia has announced the switch-on of its first 5G sites around the Sydney suburb of Parramatta, with the telco set to introduce 5G international roaming in the coming months.
Vodafone Chief Executive Officer Iñaki Berroeta said that 2020 is the year of 5G and shortly Vodafone customers will be able to use Vodafone’s 5G network in Australia and in a few countries overseas.
“This is an exciting occasion for us as a business and for our customers – we have worked tirelessly to put our customers at the heart of our 5G plans and we are proud to switch on our first live sites today in Parramatta,” he said.”Vodafone customers with our $5 Roaming product travelling to a few of Australia’s favourite international travel destinations will soon be able to enjoy 5G while they’re away.”
The telco is planning to launch initially to five countries – the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany and Ireland – with more destinations to be added over time.
“In the coming months, we will be leading international roaming into the next generation of mobile technology by combining the great value of our $5 Roaming product with a 5G network experience in five of Australia’s favourite travel destinations,” said Berroeta.
Vodafone will offer access to 5G across its range of current and existing post-paid and prepaid mobile plans for no additional charge.
Mr Berroeta said the telco believes Australians should be able to enjoy the benefits of 5G when it becomes available to them, not worry about paying additional costs to simply access it.
“When 5G arrives to our customers with 5G devices, they will get 5G network access at no extra charge,” he said.
“Throughout 2020 our customers will see us deliver 5G coverage to more areas; with more 5G devices to choose from; while delivering the great value that Vodafone is known for. We have more than 650 5G sites in planning, with thousands more on our roadmap over coming years.”
Vodafone’s 5G services will be progressively rolled out to parts of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and Canberra. The first phase of the rollout will be made up of more than 650 sites which are being planned right now, with sites progressively going live from mid-2020.
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