Friday, 25 September 2020 10:34

Telstra and Ericsson 'smash 800MHz mmWave 5G speed record'

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Telstra's new network speed record, achieving peak download speeds of 4.2Gbps on a 5G mmWave data call using 800MHz of spectrum capability Telstra's new network speed record, achieving peak download speeds of 4.2Gbps on a 5G mmWave data call using 800MHz of spectrum capability

Telstra and Ericsson say they've set a new network speed record, achieving peak download speeds of 4.2Gbps on a 5G mmWave data call using 800MHz of spectrum capability.

In a blog post at Telstra Exchange,Nikos Katinakis, the company's Group Executive, Networks & IT, has detailed how this record "represents a doubling of previous capacity and speeds", and reinforces Telstra's position "as one of the leaders in mmWave and 5G technology globally".

Katinakis explains this result "was achieved on our commercial network at the Telstra 5G Innovation Centre in Queensland using a mobile test platform, an Ericsson Radio System base-station, Ericsson’s Network Software and Ericsson core network. The tests combined eight 100MHz channels using 2×2 MIMO and 64QAM technologies."

Telstra says its 5G Wi-Fi Pro - a device much smaller than Telstra's earlier HTC 5G modem but which also included a full Android smartphone-like device and interface - is the only mmWave compatible device currently available for purchase in Australia, and we're told it was "put through similar tests and achieved a network record of its own when it clocked 200Mbps on the uplink, as part of the same testing."

The Telstra 5G Wi-Fi Pro test was carried out using mmWave in Telstra’s commercial network and used the latest 8 carrier x 100MHz aggregation software (8cc) for the device, and the screenshot of the Speedtest can be seen below.

Katinakis continued, stating: "Just two years on from our 2Gbps speed demonstration at Mobile World Congress, we’ve more than doubled our existing network peak speed record as we deploy 5G and ready ourselves for the rollout of mmWave technologies in 2021.

"mmWave spectrum will go to auction next year and will bring with it massive capacity over short ranges – making it ideal for high bandwidth applications that require a guaranteed level of throughput.

"Even though spectrum isn’t yet on sale, we already have mmWave sites live on our network for testing and optimisation."

Telstra's continued 5G expansion:

Katinakis then gave us an update on Telstra's 5G rollout, and said: 'Over the last 18 months, we have laid solid foundations for our 5G service. We now have more than 1500 Telstra 5G sites on-air across selected areas of 53 cities and towns. More than 1000 suburbs nationally have more than 50% 5G coverage and we’re working towards having 75% of the population covered with Telstra 5G by July 2021.

"Furthermore, our 5G was recently ranked #1 by Ookla for average 5G download speeds in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide and by Umlaut for 5G speeds and availability in all 8 of the tested cities (Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth).

"mmWave will add another level to Australia’s best 5G and we are pleased to be working with our partners such as Ericsson, innovating at the cutting edge of mobile technology", Katinakis concluded.


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