Telstra and Ericsson will install 5G at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to provide an "enhanced network experience with faster browsing and downloads" ahead of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday, 28 September.
This is however just the first stage of the 5G installation: Telstra and Ericsson engineers will be testing and refining 4G and 5G coverage weekly to evaluate the engineering deployment design and optimise future deployment solutions, the telco said in a statement.
"Telstra customers with 5G handsets will be amongst the first around the world to experience 5G connectivity in a major stadium – and in time for one of Australia’s leading sporting events, the AFL Grand Final," said Emilio Romeo, head of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand.
Last year 3.8 terabytes of data was sent over Telstra’s mobile network at the MCG, the equivalent to 1,200 hours of HD video content.
Melbourne Cricket Club CEO Stuart Fox said it was pleased to be the "first stadium in Australia to provide patrons with access to the 5G network".
Telstra has rolled out 5G in 10 cities across Australia so far and will increase its 5G coverage almost five-fold and reach into at least 35 Australian cities over the next 12 months "or so".
Telstra first partnered with the MCC in 2015 to bolster capacity with a 3G/4G solution.