Nokia and Vodafone Hutchison Australia Unlock Low-Band 5G Spectrum

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Nokia and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) are complementing their 3.5Ghz 5G rollout. It will be the first deployment of low-band NR700Mhz spectrum of 5G in a field test environment in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.  The use of the 700Mhz spectrum will enhance VHA’s 5G network coverage.

It will deliver high-speed 5G connectivity and will improve the indoor coverage experience for its customers.

VHA 5G spectrum in the 3.5Ghz band will deliver a combination of speed, capacity, and coverage to its customers.

Both companies’ joint solution will use Nokia’s AirScale product range. It is being tested on some of VHA’s 5G sites in and around Parramatta in Western Sydney.

The 700Mhz spectrum will be unveiled to selected areas as part of VHA’s 5G rollout.

In this project, Nokia has provided its Global Services including project planning, installation, and network optimization services.

Nokia and Vodafone experts will repurpose the 700MHz spectrum to 5G 700Mhz for the delivery of new 5G services. Also, maintaining the performance of the existing 4G network.

Iñaki Berroeta, Chief Executive Officer at Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA), said, “We are proud to be showcasing this innovative use of the lowest band spectrum available in Australia with the first live test deployment of 5G on low-band 700Mhz spectrum in our region. Our partnership with Nokia has enabled us to deliver an innovative solution with our customers’ experience in front of mind. Incorporating the 700Mhz spectrum will complement our existing 5G network plans and help deliver the benefits of 5G’s speed, capacity, and coverage.”

Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said, “We have worked closely with Vodafone Hutchison Australia to achieve this important milestone. This demonstrates Nokia’s continued commitment to delivering innovative services across our 5G portfolio, while meeting Vodafone’s requirement for widespread 5G coverage. We look forward to continuing this incredible partnership moving forward.”

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