December 1, 2016 — Australian telecom provider Singtel Optus and Huawei have completed a 5G network trial in Sydney, achieving a single user transmission rate of 35 Gbps using the 73 GHz band.
The trial explored spectrum efficiency at millimeter wave frequencies (above 30 GHz) and was part of the 5G collaboration Memorandum of Understanding between Singtel and Huawei.
Yan Jun, managing director of Huawei’s Carrier Business Group said, “Optus and Huawei have taken a significant step forward with achieving the highest downlink peak rate in Australia as of today and we see this embarks a new mobile broadband era for us.”
In October 2016, Optus implemented cloud baseband technology with Huawei which pushed peak speeds through inter-site carrier aggregation. Later in 2017, Optus will deploy a coordinated heterogeneous network and trial Massive MIMO.