Optus Rolls Out 4.5G Network For Macquarie Park
Optus has taken its first real steps towards operating a 5G network today, with the telco launching its first 4.5G network.
The new network, currently only covering Optus customers living in the suburb of Macquarie Park, will offer speeds of 1.03Gbps by utilising a combination of 4.5G technologies of 4CC/5CC Carrier Aggregation, 4x4MIMO and 256QAM.
Dennis Wong, Managing Director of Networks at Optus, says, “4.5G is a key area of investment for our network evolution towards 5G. It is an important enabler for 5G and we are excited to be able to deliver this new initiative to our customers at Macquarie Park.”
“One of the largest business districts in Sydney and home to our Sydney headquarters, we chose Macquarie Park as it offers a wide range of infrastructure: a university, shopping centre, transport hubs and a strong cross section of residential and business customers across 10 square kilometres. The precinct is Sydney’s technology hub and it is this diversity that will ensure we’re able to see how the network performs in a wide variety of scenarios,” he says.
It’s also the result of a partnership between Optus and Huawei.
“Ultimately, the launch is a step closer to Optus being able to deliver 5G network speeds to customers and will continue to invest in R&D and our partnership with Huawei to achieve this,” said Mr Wong.
Additional 4.5G networks are expected to roll out in other capital cities over the next year, eventually catering for 70% of the Optus customers in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.