Optus tunes up 4G network with carrier aggregation

Compatible LTE-A devices to see 2X speeds, claims Optus

Optus has upgraded its 4G network in four capital cities in Australia with the launch of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation technology.

Optus has turned on LTE-A carrier aggregation on its 2400MHz spectrum in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, the telco announced today. Canberra will be upgraded “within weeks,” it said.

Carrier aggregation allows greater data download speeds by combining spectrum across multiple, separate spectrum bands. Optus estimated that customers with compatible devices will expect up to two times faster data speeds than they previously received on the 4G network.

“We are future proofing our network in response to consumers’ growing appetite for mobile streaming, browsing and downloading,” said Optus Networks Managing Director, Vic McClelland.

“Optus is building a smarter, adaptable network that can determine a customer’s experience and provide the boost they need to deliver a quicker and more enjoyable user experience while efficiently balancing the network load.”

At least four devices compatible with carrier aggregation will be available in the next two months, said Optus. The devices weren’t named.

In May, Optus chief Paul O’Sullivan said “aggressive investment in the mobile network” is fundamental to the telco’s strategy.

Telstra has been testing LTE-A carrier aggregation on its own network but has not yet launched the technology commercially.

Adam Bender covers telco and enterprise tech issues for Computerworld and is the author of dystopian sci-fi novels We, The Watched and Divided We Fall. Follow him on Twitter: @WatchAdam

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