Monday, 11 February 2019 10:27

Optus 5G rollout gains momentum with new Sydney site going live Featured

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Optus’ rollout of its 5G network continues, with the telco announcing a new live 5G site in Kellyville, in Sydney’s north-west.

Australia’s second largest telco is partnering with Ericsson, which is building the sites, in the 5G rollout  over the coming months across Sydney and Melbourne.

The Kellyville site is one of 50 sites to be built using Ericsson’s 5G RAN equipment. Optus says the site has achieved a working end-to-end solution based on 3GPP standards, utilising third-party customer premises equipment test device on Optus’ 3.5 GHz spectrum with a channel bandwidth of 60 MHz.

“This is another significant milestone for Optus as we continue with our customer focused 5G roll-out plan. We are further demonstrating that our multi-vendor approach to Optus 5G will help to deliver a more dynamic and innovative 5G network for the benefit of our customers,” Dennis Wong, Optus’ managing director Networks said.

“With our fourth live 5G site now live we are building towards a truly game-changing year for Optus and our customers. Our next generation network build is now well and truly in full swing with site roll out planned over the coming months.

“Last week, we revealed our plans for Optus 5G Home Broadband and we are working closely with Ericsson to conduct critical inter-operability device testing so that we can deliver a compatible 5G home broadband product to customers and open this site up as part of our expressions of interest campaign.”

The new live 5G site in Kellyville follows Optus’ announcement last week of three live 5G sites located in Canberra and Sydney.

Optus says it plans to deliver 1200 5G sites across the ACT, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia by March 2020 and will announce the locations of the first 50 Ericsson sites over the coming months.

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