Optus expands 5G broadband and mobile offers

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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 below table features selected published Optus 5G home broadband plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest and then by data allowance.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Optus 5G Home Broadband (24 months)

  • 50Mbps satisfaction guarantee
  • Includes Nokia 5G modem
  • Special offer: one month free

min. cost $1,680 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Optus 5G Home Broadband (month-to-month)

  • 50Mbps satisfaction guarantee
  • Includes Nokia 5G modem
  • $200 setup fee
  • Special offer: one month free

min. cost $270 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 HTC 5G Hub on 24 or 36-month mobile broadband plans, with device prices beginning at $27.33 per month on the 36-month option. You’ll be able to pair the 5G Hub 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 HTC 5G Hub. These are products with links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Extra Small

  • Unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps
  • Free 5G access until 30 June 2020

min. cost $15 over one month

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Small

  • Unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps
  • Free 5G access until 30 June 2020

min. cost $25 over one month

10GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium

  • Unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps
  • Includes 5G network access

min. cost $50 over one month

50GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large

  • Unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps
  • Includes 5G network access

min. cost $75 over one month

100GBMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

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.

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