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Australia gains first 4G network

Vividwireless launches first leg of national WiMAX network in Perth.

The WiMAX tech used by Vividwireless can be migrated to LTE in the future, according to Huawei.
The WiMAX tech used by Vividwireless can be migrated to LTE in the future, according to Huawei.

Australian media company Seven Network Limited has launched Australia's first 4G broadband service in the Western Austrian city of Perth, under its data arm Vividwireless. The development is the first step in Vividwireless' national WiMAX network rollout, the company said.

The network was deployed by Huawei, using the mobile WiMAX 802.16e standard. The Chinese vendor's software-defined radio (SDR) solution allows for a simple upgrade to the emerging 802.16m standard in the future. The vendor said that its solution will also allow Vividwireless to migrate its network to LTE mobile technology in future, if necessary.

Huawei supplied 150 WiMAX base stations to Vividwireless for the network in Perth, and will also supply the compact Vividwireless USB modem, which is designed to provide high-speed mobile broadband. Huawei will also supply the operator with a ‘USB modem Booster' accessory, providing a signal boost for users with coverage issues due to building materials, tree cover or distance from base stations.