Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus and Finnish vendor Nokia have deployed what they claim is the country’s first Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA), in Yeerongpilly, Brisbane. In a press release, Nokia said the solution – which was developed in collaboration with CommScope – will allow Optus and other operators to upgrade existing sites to 5G by simply replacing their existing antennas with a similar sized unit that supports all legacy technologies as well as 5G massive MIMO active antenna, all in a single compact solution.
Commenting, Lambo Kanagaratnam, Managing Director of Networks at Optus, said: ‘The introduction of the IPAA into our network infrastructure will help us speed up the deployment of our 5G network by addressing space and structural capacity constraints.’
Meanwhile, in a separate press release the MNO said it had given its support to the ‘Media Reform Green Paper – Modernising broadcast regulation’ published by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC). According to Andrew Sheridan, Optus Vice President Regulatory and Public Affairs, the company views the reallocation of the ‘undervalued’ 600MHz band for critical mobile internet as a means to Australia achieving ‘a second digital dividend, further strengthening competitive national mobile networks, which will increasingly provide the basis for Australia’s future digital economy’.