Optus’ 5G rollout is hitting its stride, with the telco today announcing several key updates to its 5G strategy – including expanded mobile and broadband offerings, plus plans for 4K Ultra HD video streaming in 2020.
Australia’s second-largest telco confirmed that more than 290 5G sites are now live across the country, with plans to expand to 1,200 sites by March 2020. As Optus’ 5G deployment grows, the company is now officially launching its hero 5G offer to eligible customers: unlimited home broadband for just $70 per month.
Optus 5G home broadband
Optus is now opening up its 5G Home Broadband plan to 138,000 homes in selected areas. Previously only available through a commercial trial to a small number of customers, Optus’ 5G plan will now be offered for purchase both online, and in more than 170 retail stores throughout Australia.
The 5G Home Broadband plan is priced at $70 per month, and includes unlimited data on Optus 5G and 4G/LTE networks. Customers will receive an included Nokia 5G modem, with the option to add enticing entertainment extras such as Optus Sport and Fetch.
The following table shows selected published Optus 5G home broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.
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Optus 5G Home Broadband (24 months)
min. cost $1,680 over 24 months
Optus 5G Home Broadband (month-to-month)
min. cost $270 over first month
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5G Home Broadband is available on a 24-month contract or month-to-month, with monthly plans incurring a $200 setup fee. Both options feature Optus’ 50Mbps Satisfaction Guarantee, promising download speeds of least 50Mbps for the term of your plan; if you’re unsatisfied with your speed or 5G signal, you can cancel at any time without penalty.
According to Optus, current 5G broadband customers are experiencing average peak hour speeds of 164Mbps, with top speeds of more than 400Mbps. This is far superior to Optus’ fastest NBN 100 plan, which clocks in with a typical evening speed of 80Mbps during peak periods (7pm-11pm).
If you’re looking to compare 5G broadband options, Telstra is offering its own 5G Mobile Broadband service to eligible customers. You can pick up the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro on 24-month mobile broadband plans. You’ll be able to pair the 5G Pro with any of the below plans, all of which offer free Telstra 5G network access until June 2020.
The below table features all published Telstra mobile broadband plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest and then by data allowance. These do not include device payments for the Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro. These are products with links to a referral partner.
Telstra Mobile Broadband Plans
The following table shows a selection of published Telstra mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of their cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.
Optus 5G mobile
If you’re interested in on-the-go 5G access, you can now use Optus’ 5G mobile network on compatible smartphones. Optus now stocks the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, and the OPPO Reno 5G, all of which are available on 24-month or 36-month plans.
While all three devices are 5G-capable, network coverage is currently limited. We’ve listed live 5G locations in our guide to Optus 5G, but in general: 5G mobile coverage is only available in some small pockets of major Australian cities, and users are unlikely to have indoor 5G reception. Essentially, Optus will need to upgrade its antennas before 5G mobile is easily accessible in buildings.
However, you can still use any of the three 5G-ready smartphones with Optus’ 4G and 3G networks across Australia. All three devices are also available on Telstra plans, and are able to access the Telstra 5G network in selected locations.
If you’d like to compare Telstra and Optus’ 5G phone plans, the following table includes selection of published 24-month plans for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products which may include links to a referral partner.
5G for 4K video streaming
Optus also announced plans to launch 4K Ultra HD Live Football streaming from June of next year. Optus Sport subscribers with a 5G Home Broadband connection will be able to watch selected matches from the Euro 2020 tournament, the 2020/21 Champions League, and the 2020/21 Premier League in 4K Ultra HD quality.
If you’re not a football fan, there’s still plenty to get excited about: Optus is also in talks with other streaming providers to offer 5G-optimised 4K streaming in 2020. The telco is ‘working closely’ with partners including Netflix, Stan, Fetch, Amazon Prime Video, and 7plus to ensure that the Optus 5G network will deliver a premium streaming experience when paired with each provider’s 4K Ultra HD content.