Australia’s Optus has launched its first TD-LTE network in the city of Canberra, with 13 base stations going live. Coverage is currently available in selected parts of the city centre, with a plan to progressively expand to more than 50 sites in Canberra over the second half of this year.
Currently, 4G networks in Australia run on FD-LTE over 1800MHz spectrum, which uses two separate frequency channels for data traveling in each direction. TD-LTE is another type of 4G technology which Optus is deploying in the 2.3Ghz spectrum, where the upload and download of data happens on the same frequency, but at different times – opening up the possibility to deliver even faster speeds in the future.
Optus 4G in Canberra runs on TD-LTE technology. Optus 4G in Sydney, Newcastle and Hunter regions, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Toowoomba run on FD-LTE technology.
“The launch of Optus 4G in Canberra today represents another important milestone in our ambitious 4G expansion program, which in the past 12 months has delivered 4G to many mainland capital cities and holiday hotspots such as the Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Toowoomba,” said Günther Ottendorfer, Managing Director of Optus Networks.
“Customers will need compatible devices that operate on the new technology in Canberra, but these 4G Dual band devices will integrate with our existing 4G network in other cities and our 3G network nationally,” Mr Ottendorfer continued.
“As part of Optus’ ongoing network rollout, we are aiming to expand coverage of our integrated 4G network to 70 per cent of Australia’s metro population by mid-2014.” headded.