Optus boosts network in major stadiums

Aims for customers to access digital content quicker at sporting and music events

Optus plans to ramp up its network in major stadiums so customers at sporting and music events can stay digitally connected and access or upload content faster.

Optus networks acting managing director, Dennis Wong, said, “We need to trial and explore the technology that will continue to enhance our customers’ experience. Sports fans and concertgoers love to share experiences immediately on social media platforms whether it’s a short video, selfies or photos. When there is a high concentration of people and devices on the network, balancing the network’s capacity is key.”

The telco will conduct a trial with Nokia at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.

Nokia head of Oceania, Ray Owen, said that one of the key issues associated with network performance is interference from competing devices trying to access the mobile network.

“This results in devices increasing the power levels they use to communicate with the network, drowning each other out, increasing battery drain, and shrinking network capacity. We are working with Optus to trial Centralised RAN to manage this and we will significantly increase uplink capacity on the Optus 4G Plus network in and around A/NZ stadium,” he added.

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