Using Telstra's "production core network", Australia's top telco, Telstra, and global telco equipment and services company, Ericsson have "completed the world’s first 5G trial data call over 26GHz or ‘mmWave’ radiofrequency spectrum."
We're told "this is the first time the 26 GHz band has been used in the field."
W're also told the 26 GHz band "will feature in leading 5G deployments in Australia, Europe and China, and is similar to the 28 GHz band used in the United States."
In any case, both companies state this 5G data call demonstration "was the first in what will be a series of trials at a new 5G testing centre Telstra has established on the Gold Coast to ensure Australia is at the forefront in the development of the next generation of mobile technology."
Telstra Group MD of Networks, Mike Wright, said the trial "was an important part of demonstrating the mobile industry is ready to utilise the mmWave band of spectrum, which will be critical for 5G deployments around the world.
“5G will mean we can use more and different spectrum bands in order to deliver faster speeds, more capacity and lower latency to our customers.
This will support a range of different applications, everything from data heavy applications like virtual reality to highly reliable, low latency communications for smart cities and autonomous cars.
“There’s huge demand for data and new applications from our customers and this trial is about demonstrating that our industry is ready to utilise spectrum in the mmWave band,” continued Wright.
Trials of mmWave spectrum "are also taking place in many other countries including the United States, Japan and Korea, where 28 GHz and 39 GHz are being considered for 5G deployments. For mobile networks, mmWave spectrum will be an important capacity layer for both 4G and 5G."
Wright added: “5G will be transformative for a number of industries, everything from media broadcasting to manufacturing and transportation and we are committed to making sure our customers are among the first in the world to access these new capabilities.
“We are establishing a dedicated 5G testing centre on the Gold Coast and this latest trial is the first in what will be a series of activities over the next 12 months to bring the best mobile technologies from around the world to Australia.
“Now that we have completed this data call over mmWave spectrum, we will conduct further tests with Ericsson to gain further insights into how mmWave 5G can be scaled and integrated into commercial mobile networks as well as working with Australian industries to help them unlock future benefits and use cases based on 5G technology.”
Telstra and Ericsson also state they'll "trial associated 3GPP technologies, including Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna with adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques and OFDM-based waveforms, on the Gold Coast to progress and align with the global standards."
“Our 5G testing is in addition to the new capabilities we are already enabling in our network, including the Internet of Things technologies Cat M1, which is now available across approximately 3 million square kilometres around the country, and Narrowband IoT, which will be network available before the end of 2017,” Wright concluded.