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Optus is claiming a world-first with the successful completion of an end to end 5G data test call over its 2300MHz spectrum.

Australia’s second largest telco says it is the first telecommunications operator in the world to achieve this, completing the test call in Sydney, working together with technology partner Ericsson.

Optus completed the test call in Sydney, working together with technology partner Ericsson.

According to Optus its unique ownership of both 2300MHz and 3500MHz spectrum means that it will be able to build a “true dualband 5G network which will ultimately provide customers with even more capacity and more coverage on 5G than a single band 3500MHz 5G today”.

“There is strong industry interest in the use of the 2300MHz band for 5G and as the only telecommunications operator in Australia to currently have access to this band in metro capital cities, it’s great to be leading the way with testing and trialing this for future 5G deployment,” said Dennis Wong, Optus managing director networks.

“With its lower frequency the 2300MHz spectrum band will, in the future, ultimately offer our customers even greater speeds as well as providing greater coverage depth enabling even more customers to benefit from 5G services.

“We are actively pushing forward with our robust 5G deployment plan utilising the 3500MHz spectrum band and have more than 300 5G sites now live. At this stage we are working towards deploying our 2300MHz spectrum some time during 2020 which together with our existing 3500MHz spectrum will offer our customers a world-leading 5G experience both in the home and on the go.”

Optus says it currently has more than 300 5G sites live across Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and other key locations in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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