Friday, 16 March 2012 18:18

Optus claims success for 700MHz 4G trial

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Peak download speeds of over 70Mbps have been achieved in Optus' 700MHz 4G trial in Bendigo, Victoria.

Optus has been trialling 4G on the 700MHz spectrum that will become available when analogue TV transmissions cease. CEO Paul O'Sullivan claimed the trial was a success.

"We achieved peak download speeds of over 70 megabits per second. This wasn't in the lab - it was in the middle of the Bendigo CBD," he said.

The trial "tested a variety of popular Optus services and applications over the network, including smartphone apps, mobile TV services, Internet TV and online gaming," said Optus Networks managing director Gunther Ottendorfer. "We also installed a high definition video conference unit on the famous Bendigo tram and conducted HD video calls to staff at Optus' headquarters in Sydney."

According to Mr Ottendorfer, 4G on 700MHz has the potential to deliver faster upload and download speeds than existing 4G networks, along with ranges up to 13km compared with 3-6km on 1800MHz. "This is particularly important when deploying high speed mobile services across large distances for customers in regional Australia," he said.

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