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Nokia and TPG Telecom set a new transmission speed record over 5G networks in Australia

Nokia and TPG Telecom, which claim to have achieved a 5G uplink milestone, announced that they achieved a 5G throughput of 2 gigabits per second (Gbps) using 5G mmWave spectrum provided by an Australian consumer and business ISP.

The uplink was achieved during a live demonstration at the Nokia 5G Futures Lab in Sydney. The presentation included a commercially available Nokia AirScale 5G mmWave base station using TPG Telecom’s 26 GHz spectrum to connect, over the air, to a 5G device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 5G-RF System featuring 4th generation Qualcomm QTM545 mmWave antenna units.

Nokia has also deployed carrier aggregation (CA) technology to take full advantage of available spectrum assets. The CA setup included four component carriers of 100 MHz each in the 26 GHz band. The demo also used Nokia’s 5G Core to provide speed, intelligence and security to test the delivery of new advanced 5G services.

This follows a number of Australian 5G speed records that Nokia announced earlier in the year. At the end of October, Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) announced that it had deployed Nokia 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) mmWave (CPE) equipment.

“Super fast uplink speeds are essential to fully realizing the enormous benefits of 5G networks, especially as we look to emerging technologies such as augmented intelligence, machine learning, advanced sensors, and robotics that are set to transform industries and economies with significant safety, productivity, and efficiency outcomes as we move towards the metavesaid Robert Joyce, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia Oceania.

For consumers and industries alike, the future is exciting. Pushing the boundaries of 5G with innovative customers like TPG Telecom in Australia is a big part of this journey forward.”

Nokia believes that once deployed, 5G mmWave technology will create new service opportunities for consumers and industries. For consumers, it says it will allow multi-user real-time multi-user 8K Ultra HD two-way video streaming, and augmented reality content to smartphones or wearables for immersive experiences. For industries, it states that such connectivity will enable massive amounts of data to stream directly from embedded IoT sensors and industrial robots over 5G, allowing real-time control of industrial processes using computing nodes connected to 5G networks.

The concept of processor offloading via 5G was also demonstrated in a demonstration using Spot, a 5G-connected robot dog developed in collaboration with academics at the University of Technology Sydney.

The project is also designed to show how Nokia can enable its customers, such as TPG Telecom, to deliver high-performance, low-latency services for industrial and IoT applications that rely heavily on high-speed uplink connectivity. The system is expected to be fully deployed next year as devices that support this capability will become available.

“We are very proud of this achievement and other mobile technology innovations that we continue to develop with Nokia,” said Giovanni Chiarelli, Chief Technology Officer, TPG Telecom. “This demonstration is important as it demonstrates the huge potential of 5G mobile technology and gives a glimpse of the high-speed services that will one day be available to customers and businesses across Australia.”