Vodafone goes 5G, Telstra talks mmWave, Aust gov considers online porn age check: Vertical Hold Episode 268

5G shifts into a higher gear as Vodafone launches 5G, while the Australian government ponders mandatory age checks for porn and gambling online in the latest episode of Vertical Hold!

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We’re joined this week by Alex Choros from Whistleout to talk through the week’s news, which has been dominated by 5G talk. Vodafone’s finally come to the 5G party with 5G at no extra cost, and with the added hook of 5G global roaming, but how does that compare against Optus’ new dual-band 5G or Telstra’s plans to expand into mmWave 5G?

Meanwhile, a government report calls for the introduction of mandatory age checks for pornography and gambling content online. Leaving the moral side alone, what’s the likely privacy effect of those kinds of checks, and are they even going to work at a technical level?

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Author: Alex

Alex Kidman is a multi-award winning Australian technology writer, former editor at Gizmodo, CNET, GameSpot, ZDNet, PC Mag, APC, Finder and as a contributor to the ABC, SMH, AFR, Courier Mail, GadgetGuy, PC & Tech Authority, Atomic and many more. He's been writing professionally since 1998, and his passions include technology, social issues, education, retro gaming and professional wrestling.

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