Optus is looking to deploy 2300MHz spectrum “some time" during 2020, having completed a test 5G data call over the spectrum in Sydney.

The network provider claims it is the first telecommunications operator in the world to make an end-to-end 5G data call over 2300MHz spectrum. It worked with Ericsson to conduct the test in Sydney.

Optus is touting its access to 2300MHz and 3500MHz spectrum in metro capital cities as a competitive advantage in the 5G market.

“There is strong industry interest in the use of the 2300MHz band for 5G and as the only telecommunications operator in Australia to currently have access to this band in metro capital cities, it’s great to be leading the way with testing and trialing this for future 5G deployment,” stated Dennis Wong, Optus Managing Director Networks.

Wong stated that the lower frequency 2300MHz spectrum will help Optus offer “even greater speeds as well as providing greater coverage depth.”

Optus has more than 300 5G sites. These sites are located in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and other locations in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.