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Optus “On The Cusp” Of 5G Rollout

As the race to 5G continues, Optus has announced its achieved a significant step towards commercial launch, by today making a 5G data call on 60 MHz with 3.5 GHz spectrum.

Optus Managing Director Networks, Dennis Wong, asserts the telco is “on the cusp” of delivering the technology to customers, with launch planned in the first half of 2019.

“We are on the cusp of delivering this next generation technology into the hands of our customers and hitting this milestone is an important step towards our commercial 5G launch planned for the first half of this year.”

The call was made from an Optus 5G site in Canberra using a commercial grade 5G Radio Network, and customer premises equipment developed in partnership with Nokia.

“Using the 5G 3.5 GHz 60 MHz band means that we will be able to deliver greater capacity compared to 4G, enabling the use of multiple devices as well ultra-high definition video streaming which is expected to be key for our customers when 5G begins rolling out this year,” adds Wong.

“This is the first time in Australia that a data call has been made using 60 MHz channel bandwidth on an Optus live network and a 5G device.”

Considered “gamer changer” technology, Optus’ multi-year 5G plans include adding new mobile sites, whilst densifying the network with small cell solutions to increase speed and capacity in inner-city locations.

“Our fixed wireless access product, combined with our ambitious roll out plan, means customers will be able to experience 5G soon,” remarks Wong.

Further information available on Optus’ Newsroom here.

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