Optus has taken another significant step towards its commercial launch of 5G by making a 5G data call on 60 MHz using 3.5 GHz spectrum.
The call, made as part of pre-launch testing, was made from an Optus 5G site in Dickson, Canberra utilising a commercial grade 5G Radio Network and customer premises equipment (CPE) developed in partnership with Nokia.
The indoor Nokia 5G CPE has a high gain antenna which will deliver a 5G connection in residential areas. Importantly this call was made using the 3GPP Release 15 September specification using a standard commercial chipset.
When Optus begins switching on its 5G network across a number of capital cities in the first half of this year, the CPE will facilitate a 5G fixed wireless access experience for Australian consumers. Optus’ multi-year 5G network build plan includes upgrading and adding new mobile sites while densifying the network with innovative small cell solutions which will increase capacity and speed in highly populated inner-city locations.