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  • Andrew Penn
    CEO - Telstra

    Andrew Penn is the Chief Executive Officer of Telstra. With a senior executive career spanning more than 30 years, Penn became Telstra’s CEO in 2015 after serving as Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive International.

    Andrew Penn
    CEO - Telstra

    Andrew Penn is the Chief Executive Officer of Telstra. With a senior executive career spanning more than 30 years, Penn became Telstra’s CEO in 2015 after serving as Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive International.

    Highlights
    • Unveiling the world's first connection of a 5G mid-band commercial device
    • The world's first precinct of 5G-enabled WiFi hotspots
    • The world's first end-to-end 5G non-stand-alone data call on a commercial mobile network
    • The launch of more than 200 5G-enabled sites around the country

    Telstra's Chief Executive Officer Andrew Penn was recently in Las Vegas for world-leading electronics trade show CES. He writes in, with no shortage of excitement, to announce how you can get first access to 5G devices in Australia.

    This year, 5G is a major focus and the amount of connected gear on display here is proof our big 5G network rollout and testing is going to deliver major benefits to our customers.

    I am in Las Vegas for CES, the biggest consumer electronics show in the world, to ensure we are at the forefront of the latest tech for our customers. 

    The 5G revolution becomes very real in 2019 and I am excited that our customers will soon be at the forefront of 5G device technology, including exclusive access to 5G commercial devices, thanks to a series of partnerships with some of the world’s biggest brand.

    Under the partnerships, the devices will be available exclusively through Telstra before any other Australian mobile operator when they are released in the first half of 2019. Watch this space. These smartphones and devices are coming soon, and we will provide further details closer to their release. Once on the market, these 5G-enabled devices will connect to Australia’s first 5G-ready network – our customers’ first opportunity to experience this revolutionary technology.

    We are also continuing to hold discussions with other providers and I look forward to providing even more good news for our customers in the near future.    

    I am also pleased to report we have delivered on our commitment to roll out 200 5G enabled mobile sites across the nation by the end of last year. In fact, we did even better, with 207 sites now online, including in every major city and some regional centres.

    Telstra has been a world leader in the testing and development of 5G. We continue to work closely with numerous global manufacturing and industry partners to make this revolutionary technology real-world ready and these strategic relationships are now paying off directly for our customers.

    Originally published January 10, 2019, on Telstra Exchange. This piece has been edited slightly for Smarter Business.

    5G will transform the way we live and work, connecting devices faster, at higher quality.

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    About the Author:

    Andrew Penn became Chief Executive Officer on 1 May, 2015 after serving as Telstra's Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive International. Andrew is an experienced senior executive with a career spanning more than 30 years. Prior to joining Telstra, Andrew was with AXA Asia Pacific for 20 years where he held a number of positions including Group Chief Executive (2006-2011), Chief Executive Officer for Australia and New Zealand, Group Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive for Asia and spent time based in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia. Under Andrew’s leadership AXA built a successful Asian platform, which was sold to its parent company in 2011 for $10.4bn. In addition to his business activities, Andrew has contributed widely to not-for-profit and community organisations. He is Life Governor and Foundation Board member of Very Special Kids. He is also a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Council, The Big Issue Advisory Group, and an Amy Gillet Foundation Ambassador.    

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