Optus trials wireless broadband

Optus has announced plans to trial wireless broadband in Sydney in a bid to take on rivals such as Unwired Australia.

Optus said it would start a technology trial for wireless broadband in Sydney in February, six months after Unwired launched its wireless plans in August this year.

Optus will conduct its trial in co-operation with wireless technology company UTStarcom.

Unwired chief technical officer Eric Hamilton said the Optus announcement showed that wireless broadband was a legitimate alternative to broadband through a cable or telephone line.

Last month, Unwired and Optus agreed to an out-of-court settlement after Optus complained about the slogan "surf anywhere" on Unwired's billboards. Unwired only provides coverage of 90 per cent of the Sydney population.

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