Australia second biggest telco Singtel Optus has started testing 5G mmWave technology with Sweden’s Ericsson, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
The first data call had been made, the telco said, adding that the extremely high bandwidth of mmWave would enable higher speed and reduced latency for customers.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has given Optus permission to test mmWave technology using the 26GHz band at four locations in Sydney.
These include its Macquarie Park headquarters where the initial data call was made this week incorporating a Casa Systems mmWave CPE. The data call comes after thorough testing at its lab facility in Sydney.
“Technology innovation and use case development is a critical component of the work that we do and with mmWave technology expected to become available for 5G in 2021 it’s important that we start testing this technology now so that we can begin to understand how we can best harness its capabilities for our consumer and enterprise customers,” said Lambo Kanagaratnam, Optus managing director Networks.
“MillimetreWave 5G is the next step in unlocking mass productivity gains through a high-speed wireless communication layer.
“The enterprise market in particular is expected to gain from mmWave, with sectors such as autonomous manufacturing, mining and port operations all examples of industries that will considerably benefit from mmWave 5G and its capability to offer higher speeds.”
Optus said that along with its dual-band 5G network, mmWave would further increase its network capability to offer high-bandwidth and high-speed services.
Martin Wiktorin, head of Ericsson Singapore, Brunei and Philippines and Global Customer Unit Singtel, said: “With the mmWave spectrum auction scheduled for early next year, today’s announcement is another critical milestone in ensuring that all Australians can benefit from the full potential of mmWave technology. Here at Ericsson, we’re really excited to partner with Optus in its 5G rollout.”
Optus said that as customer data consumption rose, additional high bandwidth 5G spectrum assets would be needed to meet user demand.
“mmWave provides enormous bandwidth and, when available, is expected to deliver significantly increased speeds and lower latency for users,” the company added.
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