Optus undertaking 5G mmWave technology tests

2 Jul 2020

Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus has confirmed it is testing 5G millimetreWave (mmWave) technology, including making its first mmWave data call, in partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson. Detailing the development in a press release, the MNO noted it had obtained approval from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to operate and test the technology using the 26GHz band at four locations in Sydney, including its Macquarie Park headquarters where the initial data call was made this week incorporating a Casa Systems mmWave CPE.

‘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.

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