Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus has successfully launched what it claims is the world’s first 2300MHz and 3500MHz spectrum 5G dual-band production network, doing so in partnership with Ericsson and Samsung. In a press release the cellco confirmed that the dual-band network has been inaugurated in Sydney, with coverage to be extended to Melbourne ‘in the coming weeks’. It was noted that the infrastructure was developed with Ericsson’s 2300MHz and 3500MHz 5G Radio System equipment and has been tested using the new Samsung Galaxy S20 5G handset.
With Optus suggesting the dual-band network has the potential to increase 5G capacity and coverage, Kent Wu, Optus Head of Network Access Planning and Quality, said of the matter: ‘As we push ahead with the rollout of our 5G network we are also continuing to test and implement new ways of enhancing our 5G network. Initial findings from our dual-band testing have shown that the use of these two spectrum bands delivered increased 5G capacity and coverage which if deployed will ultimately benefit our customers … Our 5G customers are already enjoying higher average speeds, quicker time to download content and a consistent high definition video experience. The implementation of a dual-band 5G network will enhance these elements to ensure experiences are more reliable, particularly during peak usage times.’