The key words are ‘Optus will deliver 5G’ because at present there are about 290 test sites Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and other key locations in NSW, Victoria and Queensland covering about 138,000 people.

In the next 12 months that is expected to rise to 1800 sites – that is how Optus will deliver 5G mobile and in the home.

Now forget all the hype of 5G and 20Gbps – Australia’s sub<6MHz 5G is really 4G on steroids, and Optus is offering a 5G Home on a $70 per month plan with a 50Mbps Satisfaction Guarantee.

“While it is early days, our initial 5G service has a current average speed at peak time of 164Mbps, with the top speed achieved over 5G of 400Mbps.”

Optus 5G will also be available through the Samsung Galaxy Note10 5G, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 5G and the Oppo Reno 5G. These phones drop back to 3 and 4G if no 5G signal is available.

“If it is in the right place, in the right part of the country, then yes – it can be a fixed-line NBN competitor.”

Val was commenting on the ‘right part of the country. “Optus has a coverage map (here), and you need to check your coverage here. If you are lucky, then it is an option although nothing can replace the reliability and speed of fixed-line services.”

“It is really a Gateway, and it needs to be in the house where you get the strongest 5G signal. There are visual cues to help with that. Then you will need to run a Gigabit LAN cable to your existing home Wi-Fi network router. It is not a bad router, but it is meant to cover small apartments only.”

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Congratulations to Optus for offering an alternative at what seems to be far better value to Telstra’s 5G network.

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