Ericsson, Telstra test 5G trial system in Australia
5G testing took place in the city of Melbourne and used 800 megahertz of spectrum
Swedish vendor Ericsson and Australian telecommunications firm Telstra have carried out an outdoor test of a 5G trial system in Melbourne, Australia.
The European company said that the trial demonstrated 5G capabilities in a real world environment over a live network, including tests on speed, latency, and beam steering. The 5G trial system used 800 megahertz of spectrum, achieving aggregate speeds of over 20 Gbps.
“Today we conducted the first live 5G trial on Australian soil, and did so in a real world, outdoor environment. This provided a truly realistic view of what 5G will be able to offer,” Telstra’s CTO Philip Jones said.
“While previous generations of technology connected people to people and people to the internet, 5G will connect more machines than ever before, and fundamentally change the way our world works. Lower latency will have a huge impact on future immersive experiences, virtual and augmented reality and IoT,” Telstra’s Group Managing Director of Networks Mike Wright said.
Earlier this month, Ericsson had announced the demonstration of LTE speeds of 979 megabits per second downlink and 129 Mbps uplink using a single device on Telstra’s network.
The demo was carried out using a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE modem test device and used LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation, 64 quadrature amplitude modulation uplink, 256 QAM downlink and 4×4 multiple-input multiple-output technologies.
Baidu, NVIDIA ink partnership for autonomous car platforms
In other APAC news, Chinese internet giant Baidu announced a partnership to use artificial intelligence in the creation of a cloud-to-car autonomous car platform for local Chinese and global car makers.
The Chinese company said that the partnership combines Baidu’s cloud platform and mapping technology with NVIDIA’s self-driving computing platform to develop solutions for HD maps, Level 3 autonomous vehicle control and automated parking.
“We’re going to bring together the technical capabilities and the expertise in AI and the scale of two world-class AI companies to build the self-driving car architecture from end-to-end, from top-to-bottom, from the cloud to the car,” Baidu’s CEO Robin Li, said.