Australia’s Optus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nokia to collaborate on the network evolution to 5G.
As the two companies collaborate on the development of 5G, a key project will be a 5G trial using Optus’ 3500MHz spectrum, a globally harmonised band by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for mobile broadband usage.
Optus and Nokia expect to undertake an early 5G prototype in Optus’s band in Australia by 2017.
Tay Soo Meng, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel said: “There is a global race to explore and develop 5G technology, and in Australia, Optus is well positioned to lead in this space with our ownership of 3.5GHz, and close partnerships with our vendors including Nokia.”
Optus has conducted initial closed tests with Nokia at its Sydney headquarters on a new 5G radio test bed on Nokia’s Airscale product.
The demonstration highlighted 5G speed capability with the delivery of Virtual Reality video content. It also showed ultra-reliable low-latency networking enabling new industrial use cases such as real-time responsive robots.
At the same time, a trial has been completed demonstrating the capability of Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) to support the connectivity needs of IoT applications.
Ray Owen, head of Oceania at Nokia, said “We have a number of ongoing 5G innovation projects with operators around the world and we hope to bring the same commitment to our partnership with Optus and Singtel.”