According to a recent announcement, Telstra, Intel and Ericsson had teamed up to place a 5G data call across a commercial mobile network. The call got connected successfully in a 5G non-standalone (NSA) network at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre located in the Gold Coast.
Other important call specifications include the use of 3.5 GHz spectrum holdings and SIM card developed by Telstra. Ericsson’s commercial 5G NR radio 6488, baseband and a pocket core and Intel’s 5G mobile trial platform significantly contributed to the data call that was made over the network.
It is also reported that with the help of an Ericsson virtualised packet core running on its NFVi, the 5G slice was connected into Telstra’s already operating network.
The data call was initially tested by the three companies in a lab environment in Stockholm, Sweden and then moved on to placing the call in a live environment in the Gold Coast trials.
A similar announcement was made by Telstra in November last year claiming to have completed the world’s first 5G data call using 26GHz millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum on its production core network.
All this took place amidst the launch of its 5G test centre that was meant for trialling new networking technologies in partnership with Ericsson.
Additionally, it was in March that Telstra also declared of switching on the world’s first 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots in the Gold Coast. The objective behind this was to bring 5G out of the lab to test its working in real world, among not very compatible devices.
Telstra’s CEO, Andy Penn, told ZDNet during Mobile World Congress (MWC) held in February this year that the global race to deploy and launch a 5G network is about offering an entire solution more so than simply laying claim to the title of being first.
Penn had also shared with ZDNet in an interview during CES 2018 that, there are five companies who have been majorly involved in 5G networking technology- Samsung, ZTE, Nokia, Ericsson, and Huawei- and the operator is in talks with all of them for a feasible 5G deployment.