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Optus And Nokia To Collaborate On 5G Development

Optus and Nokia have signed a memorandum of understanding, with the two companies to collaborate on the development of 5G.

Optus states that a key project will be a 5G trial using its 3500 MHz spectrum, with an early 5G prototype to be undertaken in Optus’ band by 2017.

Initial closed tests have been conducted by Optus with Nokia at its Sydney headquarters, using a new 5G radio test bed on Nokia’s AirScale product.

“The demonstration highlighted 5G speed capability with the delivery of virtual reality video content,” Optus stated.

“It also showed ultra-reliable, low-latency networking enabling new industrial use cases such as real-time responsive robots.”

A trial has also been completed demonstrating the capability of narrowband-IoT to support the connectivity needs of IoT applications.

“5G is exciting and the potential use for 5G is growing,” Tay Soo Meng, Singtel group chief technology officer, commented. “Through this partnership, the commencement of joint studies, and in-lab and in-field testing, we are primed to explore this technology.

“As we look ahead, Optus will explore new network architectures and use case trials with a specific 5G focus. We are also preparing the network across transport and core networks, through virtualised network functions and cloud infrastructure.”

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