Macquarie Telecom has signed a $34 million exclusive agreement with Optus to deploy mobile services, including 5G, in Australia.
The decision follows a strategic review of mobile solutions, and will see Macquarie offer key services — 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi calling and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) — to Australian enterprises.
Macquarie plans to expand its mobile business and hire new staff over the next three years.
“2020 changed the way Australians work forever. By providing 5G connectivity along with business grade nbn, we can ensure Australian businesses can work from more places than ever before,” said Luke Clifton, Group Executive, Macquarie Telecom.
Optus has more than 1,000 live 5G sites covering more than 830,000 households across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane.
Macquarie will end its wholesale mobile contract with Telstra. It chose Optus’ wholesale offering due to its focus on collaboration, rapidly evolving 5G network, and commitment to future technologies.
“Macquarie has a great reputation for customer service and Optus will be partnering with Macquarie to deliver mobility solutions that businesses need today more than ever,” says Ben White, managing director, Wholesale, Satellite and Strategy, Optus.
The mobile agreement is a multi-year deal. Services will be available to all customers, with existing customers transitioning over the coming months. The process will be managed end-to-end by Macquarie’s dedicated mobile support team. 5G plans are available immediately to new and existing customers.