Allen Lew, Optus.

OPTUS 5G sites are now live in 2 suburbs in Canberra, with an additional site live in Sydney and 47 more sites planned to be online by March 2019. Optus is in partnership with Nokia, which is supplying the 5G RAN and Fastmile 5G CPEs.

Optus will give select customers the opportunity to be part of the first wave of Optus 5G Home Broadband through an Expressions of Interest campaign in selected areas and Optus 5G Home Broadband will offer unlimited data for $A70 per month with a 50Mbps Satisfaction Guarantee.

“This is an historic day for Optus as we begin our exciting 5G journey with the announcement of Optus’ 5G Home Broadband service,” Optus chief executive Allen Lew said.

Optus plans to deliver 1200 5G sites across the ACT, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia by March 2020.

“We currently have 3 live in-network 5G cells, but we will be turbo-charging our roll-out over the next 12 months to deliver 5G cells on the Optus Mobile Network across Australia with the goal of putting this exciting technology into the hands of our customers as soon as possible,” Mr Lew said.

“We will continue to adopt a multi-vendor approach to our network technology infrastructure that will drive innovation and competition, which is critical to Optus’ DNA.”

According to Lew, Optus’ multi-year 5G network build would include upgrading and adding new mobile sites while ‘densifying’ the network with innovative small cell solutions to increase capacity and speed in highly populated inner-city locations.

Anticipating future demand for 5G mobile services, Lew said the 1200 sites will include residential locations and other key customer hotspots surrounding airports, train stations, sports stadiums and CBD locations.

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