Optus first to complete 5G data call over 2300MHz spectrum

Optus with help from Ericsson claims the feat of being the first telecommunications operator in the world to establish an end-to-end 5G data call over its 2300MHz spectrum, completing the call in Sydney, Australia.

The company’s unique ownership of both 2300MHz and 3500MHz spectrum means that it will be able to build a true dual-band 5G network that will provide customers with even more capacity and more coverage on 5G than a single band 3500MHz 5G today.

“There is strong industry interest in the use of the 2300MHz band for 5G and as the only telecommunications operator in Australia to currently have access to this band in metro capital cities, it’s great to be leading the way with testing and trialing this for future 5G deployment,” said Dennis Wong, Managing Director Networks at Optus.

Wong said that with its lower frequency, the 2300MHz spectrum band will ultimately offer Optus customers even greater speeds as well as providing greater coverage depth enabling even more customers to benefit from 5G services.

“We are actively pushing forward with our robust 5G deployment plan utilising the 3500MHz spectrum band and have more than 300 5G sites now live,” he added.

“At this stage we are working towards deploying our 2300MHz spectrum some time during 2020 which, together with our existing 3500MHz spectrum, will offer our customers a world-leading 5G experience both in the home and on the go,” Wong said.

Optus currently has more than 300 5G sites live across Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and other key locations in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.