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Vodafone Debuts 4.9G In Parramatta As 5G Inches Closer

In the lead up to 5G, Vodafone is debuting 4.9G in Parramatta the first out of five sites across Australia acting as a trial location for the network.

Vodafone says its MIMO technology uses Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) 1800MHz spectrum. FDD band spectrum was first demonstrated for use in Massive MIMO by Vodafone in 2017, where it achieved a cell throughput speed of 717 Mbps across eight devices.

Kevin Millroy, Vodafone CTO says, “4.9G is supercharging our network, with customers in 4.9G areas to enjoy a higher quality network experience, smoother streaming, and more consistent speeds, even in times of high usage. The trial is another significant step towards 5G and we’ll be rolling out 4.9G to more areas as the year progresses.

“We are focused on continuing to evolve and enhance our 4G network to deliver real benefits to our customers now, while Australians wait for the introduction of 5G to consumers in coming years.

“Vodafone is well on the way to be 5G-ready once compatible spectrum becomes available, with the roll out of our fibre transmission network nearing completion and the on-going project to virtualise our core network.

The next locations to get 4.9G will be Chinatown and Haymarket, both in Sydney.

Vodafone says it will build upon the success of the trial sites by rolling out 4.9G to select sites throughout 2018.

Vodafone is aiming for its 5G network to be released in 2020.

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