Optus launches fixed-wireless broadband trial using LTE

20 Nov 2013

Australia’s Optus is said to have started a fixed wireless broadband trial in four capital cities with a view to examining whether a reliable 4G signal might be able to replace fixed broadband connections in urban areas. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the pilot is initially only open to around 200 Optus staff in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. With households involved in the trial said to be using a wireless router, rather than a dongle, Optus is said to have suggested that, if launched commercially, the fixed-wireless service would be priced similarly to its other fixed products, while offering download speeds of up to 12Mbps.

Commenting on the development, Martin Mercer, managing director of fixed services at Optus, said: ‘This is not just in terms of speed and experience, but also how we manage our 4G Plus network to actively prevent a customer’s connection changing, wavering or dropping off during busy times … If the trial is successful, Optus will be able to offer home broadband services across ADSL2+, cable, NBN and wireless – providing real choice for whatever circumstances suit our customers’ needs.’

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