Optus achieves 10 Gbps speed using mmWave spectrum

Optus has achieved a record-breaking aggregate site throughput of 10 Gbps during a downlink speed demonstration using 800 MHz of millimetre Wave (mmWave) spectrum at a live 5G site in Brisbane.
Optus retail store in Australia
The site — powered by Nokia AirScale Radio — demonstrates the huge potential of 5G as it is introduced across future spectrum bands.

The demonstration showcased the capabilities of Nokia’s 5G mmWave technology and the benefits of adding it on top of an existing 5G/4G site. The demonstration showed how Nokia’s 5G mmWave technology delivers on the promise of super-fast data rates by boosting the site capacity to 10 Gbps and beyond.

Nokia’s 5G mmWave technology will allow Optus to focus on scalability, automation and performance by supporting services that utilise the full capability of 5G.

Optus can use 5G mmWave to serve enterprise market and explore use cases in healthcare, mining, port operations and smart manufacturing, among other industries.

“Reaching 10 Gbps per site is a crucial step in our 5G development and validates the progress we’ve made with the technology together with Nokia,” Lambo Kanagaratnam, managing director of Networks at Optus, said.

Anna Wills, head of Oceania at Nokia, said: “Today’s achievement with Optus shows the potential of mmWave deployments, particularly at a time when connectivity and capacity are so crucial.”