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Monday, 2021-Mar-01 — 5G in Australia — Telstra 4,323, Optus 1,316 Sites

This table shows the growth of the Telstra 5G network across Australia, starting in May 2019:

 # Telstra 5G Sites
LocationMay-19Aug-19Sep-19Oct-19Nov-19Dec-19Jan-20Feb-20Mar-20Nov-20Mar-21
Adelaide46 47 57 60 67 73 73118118335340
Brisbane63115121130131139139172181525535
Canberra38 38 41 44 45 48 48 48 48110122
Gold Coast54 62 66 72 72 71 71 83 83120125
Hobart16 21 34 35 36 36 36 36 364447
Launceston 7 9 10 10 11 11 11 11 114747
Melbourne52 52 952003703874094354819991,026
Perth43 49 67 70 85 92 92106106326348
Sydney64 75 851382382562703003471,0851,078
Toowoomba 25 25 26 26 26 26 26 26 263131
Other - 35 73112133139139140142569624
TOTAL4085286758971,2141,2781,3141,4751,5794,1914,323

You can see Telstra or Optus 5G sites, Telstra IoT and more at Australia Cellular Services.

Monday, 2021-Feb-08 — Is Canada Behind on 5G?

Australia and Canada have many similarities. One area where they differ is 5G wireless deployment, where Telstra & Optus, Australia's largest carriers, operate 4X more 5G sites than Canada, on a more capacious 3,500MHz band.

But, does this put Canada at a disadvantage? Yes and no — but not how you might think. As Huwaei's chairman said, there is currently no material difference between 4G and 5G technology. Industry and government excitement around 5G is not a sign of its utility — there are few business cases for 5G that cannot be served by an optimized 4G network.

Canada is behind — not in technology — but in plan value. Australia's plans (see right) offer much higher caps at lower prices. Canada's wireless networks are like a tuned Ferrari — with a 1 liter fuel tank.

High Capacity Data + Voice Plans
Carrier CAD Capacity$ / GB
Optus $64 500 GB $0.13
Telstra $64 180 GB $0.36
Rogers $175100 GB $1.75
Telus $10050 GB $2.00
Bell $12550 GB $2.50
Videotron$75 32 GB $2.34
Freedom $90 30 GB $3.00
SaskTel $12035 GB $3.43

Thursday, 2021-Feb-04 — Rogers 5G @ 600MHz

Rogers operates 1,062 5G sites in the 600MHz band, and 575 5G sites in the 2500MHz band. This brings Rogers' total to 1,447 5G sites. (Some 5G sites use both 600 and 2500MHz bands.)

Rogers invested heavily in the 600MHz auction receiving licenses that can serve 35 of Canada's 38 million population. Freedom, Telus and Videotron invested less, receiving licenses that can serve 22, 20 and 10 million, respectively.

 # Rogers 5G Sites
Province600Mhz2500Mhz
Alberta241-
British Columbia304150
New Brunswick18-
Ontario321270
Quebec114155
Saskatchewan64-
TOTAL SITES1,062575

The 600MHz band has seven paired 5Mhz blocks, labeled A - G. (See band plan below, which is identical to that used by the FCC). Rogers uses blocks A through D allocated as follows:

Blocks (DownlinkBandwidth#
and Uplink)(MHz)Channels
A, B102,282
A, B, C, D20880
TOTAL CHANNELS3,162

Band plan for 600Mhz
Band plan for 600MHz cellular service

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