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Optus Adds 5 More Sites For Faster Than NBN 5G Broadband

Optus has announced five more locations eligible to try its new 5G network by the end of this month, boasting speeds greater than the still incomplete NBN.

Optus claims its first commercial 5G home broadband service, in the western Sydney suburb of Glendenning, reached peak speeds up to 295mbps, a 50% increase from an ACT launch in January which claimed a 170mbps peak.

Optus’ claimed average download speed of 100mbps matches the maximum speed of the NBN’s premium offering.

The NBN was established with two main goals of bringing internet to previously under-served areas as well as increasing the speed and quality of connections, but a compromised rollout means newer technology is now capable of greater potential speeds.

Optus has announced today select customers in the western Sydney suburbs of Bonnyrigg and Minchinbury, Niagara Park on the Central Coast, Cook in the ACT and Kenmore in Brisbane’s west will be offered the 5G experience after an expression of interest campaign earlier this year.

Optus Networks Managing Director Dennis Wong said the 5G home broadband network was currently being used for “traditional purposes” like browsing and downloads, but flagged “exciting consumer applications in the future” involving AR/VR gaming and connected home devices.

“We are already gaining valuable insights into the new 5G technology,” Mr Wong said.

“The technology has matured rapidly over the last few months… and we are getting a better understanding of how to best tune the technology to improve performance.”

Optus recently announced 30 Victorian suburbs and 20 NSW suburbs where it plans to place its first Ericsson-built 5G sites, pending site acquisitions and approvals.

Expressions of interest for 5G Home Broadband are available via the Optus website.

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