Optus concludes first phase of LTE trials

15 Jul 2010

Australian mobile network operator Optus has released results from the first phase of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network field trial in northern Sydney, ITNews reports. The cellco has claimed that it achieved peak downlink rates in excess of 50Mbps during trials that took place over two base stations in Gordon and Pymble; the tests were carried out in partnership with Finnish equipment supplier Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), with the core network hosted at the vendor’s Pyrmont offices. The trial network architecture includes NSN’s Flexi base stations, network gateway and network server products, and was run utilising 10MHz of paired spectrum in the 2100MHz band.

While the first stage of testing was limited to download and upload speeds, ping times and basic handover between the two base stations, Optus has said that in the second phase, due to commence later this year, full load testing and 2G/3G/LTE interoperability will be on the agenda.

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