Optus increases broadband coverage as it trials standalone 5G network
Optus has begun limited trials of its standalone 5G broadband network, ahead of a planned commercial launch in 2022.
The network is being trialled by a select number of customers in Sydney, with an expanded trial to take place in Melbourne shortly.
“When available commercially, the standalone network will provide increased coverage, lower latency, greater reliability for Optus 5G customers enabling real-time connectivity and faster speeds in the future,” Optus said.
Standalone refers to 5G networks that are able to operate purely in 5G mode, not relying on existing 4G infrastructure. Optus is working with Ericsson to roll out its 5G standalone core network. Ericsson was also behind Telstra’s 5G standalone core network.
Telstra declared its own network standalone-ready last year, but was waiting for the arrival of 5G standalone-capable devices prior to offering services to customers. Optus’ standalone 5G service will look to rival a similar offering from TPG, who recently expanded the reach of their network to more suburban areas.
In August, TPG said its 5G network was already serving 750,000 devices across more than 700 suburbs. With a customer base of 2.2 million, TPG is looking to diversify its offering outside of their popular NBN services.
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