Optus fires up first '4.5G' network site

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Optus fires up first '4.5G' network site

The telco joins Telstra in offering gigabit mobile download speeds.

Telstra isn't the only mobile carrier going for gigabit speeds. Optus has activated its “4.5G” services in the Macquarie Park area north-west of Sydney's CBD.

Speeds of 1.03Gbps were achieved in testing, according to Optus, and 4.5G phones and other devices will be available this year.

“One of the largest business districts in Sydney and home to our Sydney headquarters, we chose Macquarie Park as it offers a wide range of infrastructure: a university, shopping centre, transport hubs and a strong cross section of residential and business customers across 10 square kilometres,” said Optus managing director of networks Dennis Wong.

“The precinct is Sydney’s technology hub and it is this diversity that will ensure we’re able to see how the network performs in a wide variety of scenarios.”

Over the next 12 months 4.5G should be available on more than 70 percent of the Optus network in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, the carrier says.

Optus sees 4.5G as a step towards 5G technology.

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