"We will do a few stunts, or demos and things like that … but that’s not really the core of the 5G launch,” says Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) chief, Iñaki Berroeta, as he talks down the hype around 5G.
5G launch not before end of 2019Berroeta refused to buy into the hype when questioned last week about the imminent arrival of 5G. On the contrary, he signalled a more measured approach saying he does not expect 5G devices to be in the Australian market until at least the end of 2019.
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“We [will] also do a few stunts, or demos and things like that … but that’s not really the core of the 5G launch."
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Vodafone increases customer base by 5%
The VHA made the 5G comments when speaking to the telco's six month results to 30 June 2018.
Those results, meanwhile, are improving, despite the carrier recording a $92.3million loss for the half year.
Total revenue for the reporting period increased 7.1 percent year-on-year to $1.76 billion and the carrier reported a five percent year-on-year increase in its customer base up 294,000 to 5.98 million customers.
The loss was attributed in part to depreciation and amortisation costs flowing from its 2017 spectrum licence purchases and accounting changes.
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