blog It’s been a couple of months since Optus launched its new 4G network in Canberra — you know, the one which doesn’t use the normal 1800MHz frequency 4G network rolled out by the telco (as well as Telstra and Vodafone) around Australia, but instead uses the 2300Mhz frequency and the TD-LTE standard. However, up until now the SingTel subsidiary hasn’t had any real news in terms of handset availability on the network. That’s all set to change from September, however, with the telco revealing today that it will sell dual-mode 4G handsets from Samsung to support the infrastructure. And the news gets even better — these aren’t low-grade models, but the flagship Galaxy S4 unit and the GS4 mini which hasn’t yet launched locally. An Optus media release tells us:
Optus welcomes Samsung’s exciting announcement of the world’s first dual mode LTE commercial devices capable of seamless TDD-LTE (Time Division Duplex) and FDD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplex) handover. Samsung conducted testing of the dual band TDD/FDD-LTE versions of the GALAXY S4 mini and GALAXY S4 handsets on the Optus network in Australia.
“Optus is pleased to partner with Samsung on this world-first with the rollout of our new superfast 4G TDD- LTE network* in Australia. These new smartphones will open up access to significantly more 4G capacity, allowing Optus customers to do more on their phone in more places,” said Rohan Ganeson, Managing Director Sales, Optus.
Optus’ development of new mobile sites, as well as upgrades to existing sites across metro locations will consist of combined TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE technologies, so customers with dual mode 4G devices can access Optus’ superfast 4G network in more places.
“Optus has been a world leader in pioneering an integrated multi-band 4G network, including TDD-LTE technology, so that our customers enjoy more choice and a better 4G experience. We are proud to be the first telecommunications carrier in the world to support Samsung’s devices with seamless TDD/FDD-LTE handover technology on our network, giving quicker access to leading technology for those who choose Optus,” Mr Ganeson said.
The Samsung dual mode GALAXY S4 is scheduled to be available on the Optus network from September, with Samsung GALAXY S4 mini commercial availability to be announced shortly. Optus TDD-LTE network is currently available in Canberra and will be progressively rolled out across Australian metropolitan centres over the next year.
From your writer’s point of view, this information is great news. Normally, when new mobile network standards become used in Australia (for example, when Telstra adopted the 850MHz frequency for Next G, or when Telstra and Optus launched their 4G networks with 1800Mhz), it takes a while for supported handsets to make their way into the market. Samsung’s quick move to make sure its GS4 models work on both sets of Optus infrastructure is a great move by the telco which will ensure Optus customers get the best of all 4G worlds. Niiiice.
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