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Telstra upgrades wireless core ahead of 5G trial

Telstra plans to conduct a 5G trial in September using Ericsson’s 5G radio test bed. Here is how the Australian operator is preparing for it.

Australia-based operator Telstra has started upgrading its Australian network’s wireless core with network function virtualisation (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) technologies ahead of a 5G trial on Ericsson’s 5G radio test bed planned in September. “This allows us to support increased network configuration and deployment flexibility to different market segments, and to tailor their wireless connectivity through a concept called Network Slicing,” said Mike Wright, group managing director of Networks at Telstra in a blog post.

Multi-user MIMO and beam steering technology

Telstra will be the first operator in Australia to conduct a 5G trial via Ericsson’s 5G trial system, looking at 5G capabilities in a real-world environment. In particular, Telstra and Ericsson will be testing expected 5G speeds, ultra-low latency and Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) for improved end-user performance.

Beam steering technology will also be part of the upcoming 5G trial, whereby the beam steering antenna array can direct mobile signals to specific devices. “The advantage of beam steering is that the mobile signal to each user is optimised with less interference resulting in better network performance and more capacity,” said Mike Wright. “I’m looking forward to seeing the results of this demonstration, as it will help us fulfill our goal of rolling out a full-scale 5G service on Telstra’s mobile network in Australia.”

As part of the 5G trial with Ericsson, Telstra employees have been working with Ericsson’s 5G Research team in Sweden. “This is key to ensure that we’re bringing the best experience to our Australian customers,” said Wright. Telstra has also recently conducted 5G lab tests with Ericsson, where download speeds greater than 20 Gb/s were achieved. “That’s the equivalent of downloading around 4,000 different HD movies all at the same time,” said Wright.

Beyond the September 2016 5G trial, Telstra is also preparing for its first 5G trial on Telstra’s mobile network on the Gold Coast in 2018. “Telstra is well placed to evolve our 4G service, and we are putting the building blocks in place for Australia to be ready for 5G.  Even though a major deployment of 5G is not expected until 2020, there’s lots of work underway around standards, testing, and spectrum and Telstra is at the forefront of these developments.”

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