Optus tests 900MHz 3G

Optus and network equipment maker Huawei say they have completed a successful test of 900MHz 3G mobile services in NSW.

The trial, done at Dubbo in the central west of NSW, involved staff from Optus and Huawei.

A statement issued by Huawei says Optus will do more testing in the coming months. Optus says it expects to make a decision on whether to build a 900MHz 3G (UMTS900) network later in the year.

“Optus is reviewing the UMTS900 technology as part of its future mobile strategy and believes that deploying the 900MHz frequency band in parallel with the existing mature GSM900 network could result in swifter delivery to market in existing footprint areas and a reduction in costs when expanding to new areas,” the statement said.

Telstra’s national Next G network uses 850MHz spectrum to provide broad coverage.

Source: AustralianIT

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