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Optus demonstrates world-first 5G carrier aggregation call

SYDNEY: Embarking on its 5G journey, Optus has made a 2300 + 3500MHz 5G non-standalone carrier aggregation test via a trial to deliver the next generation technology.

Optus says the call – made in Sydney, jointly with technology partner Ericsson, and using Samsung’s Galaxy S20 5G handset range – showed how users can benefit from utilising both spectrum frequencies simultaneously, boosting the average and peak 5G speeds that customers, with an eligible handset, will benefit from as the capability becomes available across Optus’s Sydney and Melbourne 5G Dual Band network later this year.

“5G carrier aggregation is a significant technology milestone that provides us with the ability to combine two spectrum frequencies to improve and extend the coverage, speed and capacity of our 5G network,” said Lambo Kanagaratnam, Optus’s networks chief.

Kanagaratnam said when using carrier aggregation, customers will see an improved experience when using data hungry applications and services, such as high-resolution video streaming.

Optus 5G has been rolled out to more than 900 sites and is available to more than 426,000 households. Optus is the only provider of 5G Home Internet and 5G mobile service in Australia.

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