Ericsson says the innovative radio solution simplifies the management and evolution of multiple generations of technology on Telstra base station sites in both metro and regional areas, by simultaneously supporting five key 3GPP radio access technologies of 3G, 4G, 5G, Cat-M and NB-IoT across two spectrum bands, using the Ericsson Spectrum Sharing solution. The dual-band multi-technology capability of the Radio 4480 provides Telstra with a lower installation footprint while also delivering improved energy efficiency, future proofing, and sustainability.
This solution is the first application of its kind, with 4G, 5G, Cat-M and NB-IoT dynamically sharing the same radio carrier enabled by Ericsson Spectrum Sharing. In addition to Radio 4480, this industry leading solution is now also available on other Ericsson Radio System FDD radios, Ericsson said.
Ericsson states that the efficiency of the new Radio 4480 will help Telstra deliver expanded 5G coverage for customers in both the cities and especially in regional areas. As the Radio 4480 also supports existing 3G, 4G and IoT services, Telstra will be able to deliver the benefits of 5G earlier while maintaining existing services customers rely on today.
With Telstra planning to close the 3G network (~2024), the Radio 4480 with 5 radio access technologies will allow 3G spectrum to be reconfigured for 5G via simple software configuration changes and no return to site, Ericsson says.
The new Radio 4480 with 5 radio access technologies will support Telstra’s Band 28 (700MHz) for 4G, 5G, Cat-M and NB-IoT with Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, and Band 5 (850MHz) for 3G and 5G.
More on Ericsson spectrum sharing is available here, including a video highlighting spectrum sharing on Telstra's network.
Ericsson head of Australia and New Zealand Emilio Romeo says, “This latest innovation with Telstra reinforces how we are continuing to lead technological innovation on a global scale. We share Telstra’s long-term commitment to providing Australians in regional and rural communities with the best coverage and the latest technologies and we are proud to be able to provide a solution that combines deployment efficiency with the best Telstra customer experience.”
Telstra network engineering director customer access Chris Meissner says, “With our 5G network now reaching more than 75% of Australians, this innovation will ensure that we can continue to provide the best coverage possible to all communities. Ericsson’s Radio 4480 with 5 radio access technologies support will allow us to grow 5G coverage in an efficient and scalable manner, whilst maintaining existing services customers rely on today. This will ensure more Australians can benefit from the emerging digital economy that 5G helps to deliver.”
This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 26 November 2021.