TPG Telecom announced a live 5G standalone (SA) network in Australia on the 700MHz spectrum band – the first time in the world.
Low band 5G coverage at 700MHz, which is the lowest 5G frequency band deployed in Australia with the largest range, will enable TPG Telecom to provide wide outdoor 5G services, as well as deep indoor 5G coverage in urban and suburban areas to its customers.
Nokia is supplying its ReefShark based AirScale products including its triple band remote radio unit that supports 700, 850 and 900 MHz bands. The unit supports 3G, 4G and 5G simultaneously across all TPG Telecom’s low-band frequencies.
TPG Telecom has activated 5G service in parts of Sydney.
“TPG Telecom’s low band 5G will expand our 5G coverage, supporting our goal of reaching 85 percent of the population in Australia’s top six cities by the end of the year and changing the way people and things connect to the TPG Telecom 5G network,” Barry Kezik, Executive General Manager Mobile and Fixed Networks at TPG Telecom, said.
Robert Joyce, Chief Technology Officer at Nokia Oceania, said: “Nokia supports another 5G world first. We have jointly developed our unique triple band radio solution specifically for them.”