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TPG Telecom and Samsung complete 5G virtualised RAN trials with 26GHz mmWave

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TPG Telecom and Samsung Electronics Australia have expanded their 5G mmWave technology collaboration to more trial sites after successfully completing the first 5G virtualised, radio access network (vRAN) trials with 26GHz mmWave in Australia.

The companies said that the vRAN trials saw a throughput speed of 2.3Gbps using 400MHz of TPG Telecom’s 26GHz spectrum holdings and Samsung’s 5G mmWave Compact Macro device.

TPG Telecom and Samsung were also able to achieve 4Gbps of cell throughput using MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output) technology which allows multiple devices to more efficiently coordinate when they communicate with one another, the companies stated.

As part of the vRAN trials, Samsung and TPG Telecom successfully tested different line-of-sight (LOS) and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) scenarios to simulate the real-life user experience when connected to 5G networks. The trials also used the reflecting properties of mmWave to achieve a steady rate above 1Gbps user throughput in NLOS scenarios up to 1km away.

The trials pave the way for new mobile and fixed wireless applications for TPG Telecom as the high-powered, lightweight and compact Samsung device can easily be installed on the sides of buildings, as well as utility poles, for rapid 5G network deployments, the companies said.

“At TPG Telecom we are focused on building the smartest 5G mobile network in Australia and these results show we are on track to achieve just that,” said TPG Telecom executive general manager mobile and fixed networks Barry Kezik.

“By combining our spectrum assets with smart engineering, we are able to achieve far greater spectral efficiency than what we have seen from others in the industry. This is a great result and shows that innovative engineering and smart network design can help extend our reach, while also delivering great speeds and an excellent experience for customers.”

The trials were achieved at TPG Telecom’s Innovation Lab in Glebe, Sydney which opened in July as a hub for TPG Telecom and its partners to drive product and technology innovation, including network virtualisation and emerging 5G applications for industry.

Having successfully completed the initial trials, TPG Telecom and Samsung said they will now expand the scope of their technology collaboration.

Commenting on the successful trial, Samsung Electronics Australia vice president mobile division Garry McGregor said, “The goal of this trial was to test the capabilities of Samsung’s 5G solutions, including its cutting-edge 5G vRAN, in a range of settings. We have now successfully achieved that, which presents us with the exciting opportunity of continuing to elevate and support 5G network infrastructure in this country. Successfully deploying and conducting the trial even with the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, were a real achievement and show the commitment from both TPG and Samsung to delivering best in class 5G infrastructure.”

It's refreshing to see another 5G vendor having some success in this market, filling the void left by the banning of Huawei and ZTE in this market. Ericsson and Nokia have been dominating since the Chinese vendors were excluded. With Open RAN and vRAN the mobile operators have the opportunity to cherry-pick different solutions from other vendors at relatively low integration risk.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 12 November 2021.

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    "The Qualcomm AI Engine enables AI-accelerated experiences through 6.5 TOPS of performance, which is unprecedented in the entry tier. The 7c+ Gen 3 also introduces 5G connectivity for the first time in an entry-level platform, raising the bar of accessible connectivity for affordable device users. The integrated Snapdragon X53 5G Modem-RF system supports 5G sub-6 and mmWave– enabling download speeds of up to 3.7 Gbps.

    "The addition of FastConnect 6700 brings multi-gigabit Wi-Fi 6 and 6E with speeds up to 2.9 Gbps. We remain committed to making connectivity more accessible, and the improved connectivity technology in Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 will enable fast, advanced, efficient always-connected laptops for a new level of entry-tier Windows PCs and Chromebooks.

    "Devices powered by Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and Snapdragon 7c+ Gen 3 are expected to launch in 1H22."

     

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    TPG will be required to deploy a new 5G network in the same manner and time frame as Singtel Mobile and the M1-StarHub Consortium’s deployment conditions. TPG must roll out a 5G SA network with at least 50% coverage within two years, and nationwide 5G SA coverage within five years, from the commencement of its 2.1 GHz spectrum rights. TPG will also be required to ensure that its network will be secure and resilient, the IMDA says.

    Winning bidders will have rights to the 2.1 GHz spectrum for deployment of 5G network and services from 1 January 2022.

    Some lots were allocated on a first right of refusal basis to the existing 2.1GHz spectrum holders, two paired lots to the M1-Starhub consortium and one paired lot to Singtel Mobile at a continuity price of S$3M per paired lot. The rest of the spectrum was allocated at S$15.5M per paired lot. M1-Starhub paid S$52.5M for 25MHz of paired spectrum, Singtel paid S$65M for 25MHz of paired spectrum and TPG Telecom S$31M for 10MHz of paired spectrum.

    This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 29 November 2021.

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