Australia and Canada have a similar culture, population and economy. One difference, however, is 5G wireless, where Telstra & Optus, Australia's largest carriers, operate 4X more 5G sites on a more capacious 3,500MHz band.
But, does this put Canada at a disadvantage? Not really. 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.
Where Canada's 4G networks are not optimized is not technological but plan capacity and cost. Australia's plans (see right) offer much higher caps at lower prices. Our wireless networks are like a tuned Ferrari — with a 1 liter fuel tank.
|Carrier||CAD||Capacity||$ / GB|
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|
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:
|A, B, C, D||20||880|