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Optus Sport goes 5G for UK Premier league match

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Optus Sport, which is in its fourth year of broadcasting UK Premier League football, is claiming a world first with the broadcasting of a match on a 5G global network.

Optus says this season’s Premier League on Optus Sport will be the first time globally that a 5G mobile network will be used to stream a live Premier League match to football fans.

The Singtel-owned Optus is starting to roll out its 5G mobile network and while 5G is currently only available in limited areas, the telco says it represents a “step change in streaming technology as it accelerates its 5G roll out.

“Making the Premier League available on Optus Sport through 5G is a world first,” Optus VP, TV, Content & Product Development, Clive Dickens said.

“This will be the first of many 5G initiatives we will take at Optus.”

Premier League Director of Broadcasting, Paul Molnar, said: “It is great to see innovation like this by our global broadcasters and we look forward to seeing Optus Sport continue to innovate with its distribution and coverage going forward.”

And in what Optus says is another first, Optus Sport is also making all 380 games available on-demand this season, including the “popular” mini matches,
Optus Sport says it has enjoyed its most successful season ever across 2018-19 and broke many customer engagement and viewing records.

And for the first time, Optus Sport has also revealed its subscribing account base is more than 700,000.

In addition, Optus is introducing a $10 Optus Sport Add On for Optus prepaid mobile customers.

Optus says the new offer provides it with a large prepaid mobile customer base with access to the premium content available on Optus Sport for up to 28 days.

“This offer, alongside Optus’ extended football rights including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Euro 2020 Championships and the Premier League, is expected to drive continued strong customer growth,” Optus said.

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