Australia’s Optus has announced that it will allow more of its customers to experience its ‘5G Home Broadband’ service as part of ongoing pre-commercial rollout of the next-generation technology. In a press release regarding the matter, the Singtel-backed operator revealed that ‘select customers’ in a number of locations will be offered to opportunity to experience the 5G offering by the end of this month, following an expression-of-interest campaign launched by Optus in January. The locations where the customers will gain access have been named as: Bonnyrigg and Minchinbury in the west of Sydney; Niagara Park on the New South Wales Central Coast; Cook in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT); and Kenmore, outside of Brisbane.
Meanwhile, commenting on the speeds for customers connecting via 5G, Dennis Wong, Optus Networks Managing Director, noted that tests of the Optus 5G Home Broadband service in the Glendenning suburb of Sydney had already achieved peak download speeds of 295Mbps and an average download speed of 100Mbps. ‘Our peak download speed achieved at our launch in the ACT in January demonstrated download speeds of 170Mbps, so a 50% increase in peak speeds in just a few months shows the rapid evolution and advancement of the 5G ecosystem, which is exciting news for Optus customers.’ Optus has noted that it is currently testing five different 5G devices in its network, including two mobile handsets and three home hubs.
With the operator saying it now has more than 70 sites that are 5G ready, last week it unveiled the list for the first 50 sites that are to be built by Swedish vendor Ericsson over the coming months, while looking further ahead Optus has set out its stall to have 1,200 5G sites across the ACT, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia by March 2020.