AS the home of Australian motor sport, Bathurst is no stranger to ultra-fast speed, however, now locals will have the opportunity to experience "ultra-fast technology", with Optus switching on six 5G towers in the local area.
As the first regional location in Australia to access Optus 5G, Optus says Bathurst users will see significantly improved internet speeds and viewing quality.
"This is a really exciting announcement for us. It's our first regional location that we're bringing 5G to," Optus regulatory and public affairs vice president Andrew Sheridan said.
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"Why Bathurst? Well Bathurst is synonymous with speed, so what a great place to bring 5G to as our first regional city."
Out of the 20 Optus towers in Bathurst, initially only six will have 5G so not all of the Bathurst region will be serviceable.
However, Mr Sheridan said a reasonably broad area would have access to the service with plans to expand in the future.
"The way you invest in technology and networks is that you gradually build that out over time, it requires significant investment into the infrastructure and new technology as you upgrade from 4G to 5G," he said.
"I think everyone will benefit from 5G, I think it will transform over the years how we all live play and work.
"It has particular applications for businesses because that very fast processing capability is going to open up some huge opportunities to digitalise businesses and services."
Households can enter their address on the Optus website to find if they're living in an area covered by the service.
Mr Sheridan said people living in 5G areas will be able to purchase easy-to-use broadband devices at the Bathurst Optus store.
"No technicians, no wiring, you just plug it in," he said.
Users can also follow the advice on the Optus app, which connects to the local 5G towers and explains where the best position is to place your device at home.
"Typically today, people who are purchasing this service in the home, it lines up with the 5G tower, they're getting something like 250 megabytes per second," Mr Sheridan said.
"Now you compare that to NBN services which might be running at 50."
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