Optus hits 35Gbps in 5G trials

Alex Kidman 16 November 2016

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The 5G future is looking fast, if Optus’ trials are any indication.

We’re still a couple of years away from actual 5G network availability anywhere in the world, with even the standards for 5G yet to be formally ratified, but right now Australia’s big three networks are all busy conducting 5G trials to see what’s feasible and what could be included in a future 5G network.

Vodafone recently showed off work it’s doing with Nokia Networks, and today Optus has announced that it has completed network trials with Huawei that have hit an impressive 35Gbps download stream rate over the 73GHz band. That’s for a single user transmission in a regulated and controlled environment; nobody’s claiming that 5G networks will be 35Gbps-capable from the get-go. Or at least, they’re not doing so yet.

5G is increasingly being seen as a key competitive area for all of Australia’s mobile networks. Most of those plaudits have gone Telstra’s way, so the other two primary networks are exceptionally keen to offer highly competitive 5G offerings when they can do so. For its part, Telstra is committed to 5G trials as well, announcing earlier in the year that it would trial 5G at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

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