Optus reveals first 50 sites for Ericsson-deployed 5G

Australian telco Optus has revealed a list of the first 50 sites that will be supplied with 5G courtesy of Ericsson.

The operator plans to build 1,200 sites across Australia by March 2020. Optus’ initial sites will be deployed across Sydney and Melbourne.

Kent Wu, Optus’ Head of Network Access Planning & Quality said:

“This is another significant milestone for Optus as we continue with our customer-focused 5G roll-out plan. We are continuing to deliver a more dynamic and innovative 5G network for the benefit of our customers.”

Optus will be using a multi-vendor approach to its 5G rollout, although that won’t be including Huawei because of the ban implemented by the Australian government over national security concerns (you may have heard a thing or two about it).

“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 these sites up as part of our expressions of interest campaign,” comments Wu.

“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.”

Here are the initial 50 sites due to go live:

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To register interest, visit here and enter your suburb to check eligibility for the first phase of Optus 5G Home Broadband.

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