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NBN fibre upgrade a defence against looming 5G assault – Sydney Morning Herald

NBN Co’s $3.5 billion fibre upgrade plan is designed to make Telstra and the other telcos reconsider their ambitions ahead of next year’s 5G spectrum auctions.

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Telstra, which until recently was quiet about its 5G fixed-wireless plans, has become much more vocal about the technology and is almost certainly hoping to use it to bypass the pricing pressure posed by the NBN.
However, rolling out 5G is expensive business. The telcos collectively need to spend billions of dollars on spectrum, towers and equipment to deliver 5G services at scale, and NBN Co’s decision to upgrade portions of the network leaves them facing two options.
They can either cool the…

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