Chinese communications vendor, Huawei, has been confirmed as the equipment supplier for the rollout of the Optus 4G LTE network in Newcastle, New South Wales, and surrounding areas.
Optus revealed plans to launch its LTE network in September 2011.
Newcastle was part of the first phase of the rollout along with Port Stephens, the Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie. Services are expected to be available next month.
Huawei will be providing its SingleRAN technology for the LTE network rollout in Newcastle only at this stage although the vendor did work with Optus on a LTE trial on the 700MHz frequency last year in Bendigo, Victoria.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is also using Huawei SingleRAN kits for its $1 billion network upgrade.
Like Telstra, Optus is refarming its existing 1800MHz spectrum, previously used for 2G mobile services, for its LTE network.
Telstra used Ericsson equipment for its LTE network instead.
Huawei will be responsible for the “installation, commissioning, spectrum refarming, project management, transmission provisioning, managed services and professional services” on this Optus project.
Optus has yet to announce whether it will continue to Huawei for future LTE rollout work across the country.
Last month, Optus snapped up wireless ISP group, Vividwireless, for $230 million to ramp up its LTE implementation process and gain access to valuable spectrum.
As a result, the telco will have a hybrid TD-LTE and FD-LTE 4G network.