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Optus wins the title of Australia’s fastest 5G network

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Optus has been awarded with the title of the fastest 5G network in Australia by independent benchmarking company Ookla in 2021.

The Ookla speedtest measured and compared 5G mobile speeds from all providers in Australia over the first two quarters of 2021.

Ookla analysed the data from more than 330,000 user-initiated 5G Speedtest results and it showed Optus achieved a median download speed of 323Mbps as well as the best latency result of 18 milliseconds.

Telstra recently announced it has crossed the 75 per cent coverage threshold for 5G in Australia.

Another independent report published in February by Systemics Benchmarking also showed that in December 2020 Telstra coverage was seen in 78 per cent of tests compared to Optus 48 per cent of the time.

But that same report also concluded that Optus had the fastest average download speed of 362Mbps compared to Telstra’s 295Mbps.

“Last year we made a commitment to our customers that we would build Australia’s fastest 5G network and I’m proud to say we’re delivering,” said Matt Williams, Managing Director Marketing and Revenue at Optus.

“Speed is king when it comes to 5G and being awarded this title by Ookla firmly establishes Optus as the leader in 5G speed,”

“We know that our customers want 5G, in fact eight out of every 10 devices we sell in store today are 5G capable.

“We also know that consumers expect 5G to be fast and with Ookla confirming that Optus has Australia’s fastest 5G we are excited for even more customers to experience it first-hand.

“For us being authentic to the true attributes of 5G has always been our focus – rather than trying to build our network the fastest.

“This means delivering ultra-fast 5G directly into the hands of our customers so they can benefit from uninterrupted high-definition streaming and lightning fast downloads – connecting them with technology that improves their lives on our world class network.”

Doug Suttles, CEO at Ookla, said:  “Speedtest Awards, presented by Ookla, are reserved for an elite delegation of network operators that have delivered exceptional internet performance and coverage within a market.

“It is our pleasure to present Optus with the award for 5G Mobile Network Speed in Australia.

“This recognition is testament to their exceptional performance in Q1–Q2 2021 based on Ookla’s rigorous analysis of consumer-initiated tests taken with Speedtest.”