21 May 2013

Optus trialing TD-LTE 4G network in Canberra

| Barcham
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Optus made several announcements this morning regarding it’s move to a 4G network, but he most interesting for us is obviously it’s announcement that it will be trialing the new TD-LTE 4G network in Canberra.

To many people who use mobile broadband to simply check google maps and their emails on their phone this won’t make much of a difference, but those of us who often rely on mobile broadband to do their work should start to see some improvements in the future as dual-band 4G coverage rolls out.

Currently, 4G networks in Australia run on FD-LTE, which uses two separate frequency channels, one for data traveling in each direction. TD-LTE is a new flavour of 4G technology, where the upload and download of data happens on the same frequency, but at different times.

“Optus’ customers will start to enjoy the next generation of 4G with the pilot stage of our 4G TD-LTE network kicking off in Canberra,” Mr Ottendorfer said.

Andrew Smith, Optus’ Vice President of Mobile Engineering team, outlined the network strategy for the coming year.

“Optus will be the first Australian carrier to take its network to the next level with a combined TD/FD-LTE 4G network. Our aim is to expand coverage for both types of 4G in the coming year to reach over 70 per cent of the metro population by mid-2014,” Mr Smith said.

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