Australian operator Optus and Curtin University have teamed up to carry out joint research on 5G and connect staff, students and industry to 5G services. Leveraging Optus’ 5G network, the co-investment will provide students and faculty members with an on-campus 5G lab for research, teaching and learning, and collaboration on 5G projects and to explore the technology’s benefits for residential and business users.
According to Curtin vice-chancellor professor Deborah Terry, the 5G partnership “not only furthers the Optus-Curtin Innovation Alliance, but will foster a culture of entrepreneurship among students and ready a new generation of graduates for a digital economy”.
The lab is expected to provide the university with a space to educate and conceptualise the application of the new technology and enable students and staff to contribute to the Australian industry and economy. The smart campus will allow students to learn new digital skills and experience the power of 5G through practical, hands-on applied research while collaborating with industry. The university will also be able to better integrate emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence into its teaching and learning programmes.
Optus has expanded its 5G network since its launch in 2019 and now has more than 740 sites in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide, including 72 in the greater Perth area.