The two companies say the deployment complements their 3.5Ghz 5G rollout and, once live, the use of 700Mhz spectrum will enhance VHA’s 5G network coverage, “improve the indoor coverage experience and deliver high-speed 5G connectivity to customers where it is being made available”.
The solution utilises Nokia’s AirScale product range and is being tested on some of VHA’s 5G sites in and around Parramatta in Western Sydney.
The 700Mhz spectrum will be rolled out to selected areas as part of VHA’s 5G rollout, with Nokia Global Services playing a “crucial role, providing project planning, installation, and network optimisation services”.
“Where it optimises network performance, Nokia and Vodafone experts will repurpose the 700MHz spectrum to 5G 700Mhz enabling the delivery of new 5G services, whilst maintaining the performance of the existing 4G network,” the two companies said.
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 front of mind. Incorporating 700Mhz spectrum will complement our existing 5G network plans and help deliver the benefits of 5G’s speed, capacity and coverage.”
“We have worked closely with Vodafone Hutchison Australia to achieve this important milestone,” said Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks,Nokia.
“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.”