Monday, 22 February 2016 11:35

Optus, Nokia partner on stadium network improvements

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Optus says it is enhancing its network to provide spectators at sporting events, or concert goers, with the ability to stay connected and upload or access digital content faster.

The telco is undertaking work to improve its network in major stadiums and says it is prioritising efforts to provide customers an enhanced live spectator experience.

A trial is being conducted with Nokia at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium which is designed to improve network performance.

“Customers want to stay connected and get content fast whether they are enjoying the Big Bash League in a stadium or capturing special moments at a major concert. For Optus, we need to trial and explore the technology that will continue to enhance our customers’ experience,” Optus Networks acting Managing Director, Dennis Wong said.

“Sports fans and concertgoers love to share experiences immediately on social media platforms whether it’s a short video, selfies or photos. When there is a high concentration of people and devices on a network, balancing the network’s capacity is key.”

Ray Owen, Head of Oceania, Nokia, said one of the key issues is interference from competing devices trying to access the mobile network.

“This results in devices increasing the power levels they use to communicate with the network, drowning each other out, increasing battery drain, and shrinking network capacity. We are working with Optus to trial Centralised RAN to manage this.

“We are significantly increasing uplink capacity on the Optus 4G Plus network in and around ANZ Stadium, boosting upload speeds while improving download speeds and reducing battery drain.”

Owen says the base stations use uplink signals from multiple cells’ base stations to cancel the interference and select the best signals from 12 receivers. The network configuration is optimised every millisecond for each mobile device according to the actual interference situation, which enhances LTE upload speeds.


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Peter Dinham - an iTWire treasure is a mentor and coach who volunteers also a writer and much valued founding partner of iTWire. He is a 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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