Australia telco Optus claims ‘world first’ 5G data call over 2300 MHz spectrum

Optus, Australia’s second largest telco (Telstra is #1), says it is the first telecommunications network operator in the world to achieve a 5G data call over 2300 MHz spectrum, completing the test call in Sydney via pre-standard 5G equipment from partner Ericsson.

According to Optus its unique ownership of both 2300MHz and 3500MHz spectrum means that it will be able to build a “true dual band 5G network which will ultimately provide customers with even more capacity and more coverage on 5G than a single band 3500MHz 5G today.”

“There is strong industry interest in the use of the 2300MHz band for 5G and as the only telecommunications operator in Australia to currently have access to this band in metro capital cities, it’s great to be leading the way with testing and trialing this for future 5G deployment,” said Dennis Wong, Optus managing director networks.

“With its lower frequency the 2300MHz spectrum band will, in the future, ultimately offer our customers even greater speeds as well as providing greater coverage depth enabling even more customers to benefit from 5G services.

“We are actively pushing forward with our robust 5G deployment plan utilizing the 3500MHz spectrum band and have more than 300 5G sites now live. At this stage we are working towards deploying our 2300MHz spectrum some time during 2020 which together with our existing 3500MHz spectrum will offer our customers a world-leading 5G experience both in the home and on the go.”

Optus says it currently has more than 300 5G cell sites live across Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and other important Australia locations in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.  The company currently offers 5G Home Broadband service with a 50Mbps Satisfaction Guarantee.  It plans to deliver 1,200 5G sites by March 2020.

Optus Mobile Tower

Optus Mobile Tower – Mt Sylvia, Queensland, Australia
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Media enquiries:
Anna Garcia
Optus Corporate Affairs
Tel: (02) 8082 7850
media@optus.com.au

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References:

https://www.optus.com.au/for-you/5g

https://www.optus.com.au/about/media-centre/media-releases/2019/12/optus-completes-worlds-first-5g-data-call-over-2300mhz-spectrum

https://www.optus.com.au/about/media-centre/media-releases/2019/01/Optus-5G-Whiz

 

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