Australian operator Optus has announced it has achieved download speeds of over 2.5Gbps on a Samsung Galaxy S20 5G device, as it launches 5G sites in Sydney and Melbourne. In cooperation with Ericsson and Samsung, Optus used mid-band spectrum and 5G carrier aggregation to achieve these speeds at a live site in Sydney. Optus plans to deploy 150 additional 5G sites on existing Optus 5G infrastructure by November, in selected areas of Sydney and Melbourne.
Optus to unlock 100Mhz of 3500Mhz midband spectrum for residential customers
Optus has also announced that its Home Internet customers will have access to even higher 5G Home Internet speeds with Optus planning to unlock 100Mhz of 3500Mhz midband spectrum for users in selected areas of Sydney and Melbourne in the coming months. The Optus 5G Home Internet service currently delivers average download speeds of 214 Mbps, and this increase in spectrum bandwidth of around 60 percent will result in even faster average speeds for customers, Optus said.
Optus is also offering customers a 5G Price Match Guarantee on the purchase of 5G phones stocked by Optus. The operator reports it currently has over 920 5G sites with its 5G network available to over 650,000 Australian homes.