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Optus 5G arrives in the Sydney suburbs


Optus 5G has arrived in the Sydney suburbs with a new live site coming online in Kellyville in Sydney’s north-west.

This is one of 50 sites to be built across Sydney and Melbourne by Ericsson over the coming months as part of the Optus multi-vendor approach to its 5G rollout.

The site was tested and deemed active after third party customer premises equipment (CPE) test on the Optus 3.5GHz spectrum with a channel bandwidth of 60MHz.

Recently, Optus had also enlisted Nokia as a partner when it activated the first three 5G sites – two in Canberra and one in Sydney.

“This is another significant milestone for Optus as we continue with our customer focused 5G roll-out plan,” says Dennis Wong, Optus’ Managing Director Networks.

“We are further demonstrating that our multi-vendor approach to Optus 5G will help to deliver a more dynamic and innovative 5G network for the benefit of our customers.

“With our fourth live 5G site now live, we are building towards a truly game-changing year for Optus and our customers.

“Our next generation network build is now well and truly in full swing with site roll out planned over the coming months.

The Optus 5G Home Broadband modem built by Nokia

“Last week we revealed our plans for Optus 5G Home Broadband.

“We are working closely with Ericsson to conduct critical inter-operability device testing so that we can deliver a compatible 5G home broadband product to customers and open this site up as part of our expressions of interest campaign.”

Optus plans to roll out more than 1200 5G sites across the ACT, Victoria, NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia by March 2020.

The company will announce the locations of the first 50 Ericsson-built sites in Sydney and Melbourne in the coming months.

The Optus 5G Home Broadband plans will offer customers unlimited data on the 5G network for $70 a month plus a minimum speed guarantee of 50Mbps.

Customers can visit and enter their suburb to see if they qualify for the first phase of the Optus 5G Home Broadband rollout.