Telstra Australia Join Hands with Ericsson to drive 5G

Telstra-Join-Hands-with-Ericsson-to-Drive-5GTelstra Australia today joined hands with Ericsson to collaborate on the development of 5G standards and technologies.

Telstra is a leading mobile broadband operator whose market success is underpinned by its superior customer mobile experience. An early adopter of LTE, Telstra works with its network partner Ericsson to deliver ongoing network innovation, most recently with LTE-Advanced.

Building on the successful partnership between Telstra and Ericsson, the 5G collaboration will ensure that evolving industry standards and Ericsson’s 5G solutions reflect the needs of advanced mobile network operators.

Mike Wright, group managing director, Networks, Telstra said, “While a 5G world is some time away, it is important to begin key foundational work now to help us to better understand this emerging new technology and what it can do for customers across Australia and the world. For Telstra, 5G will be an evolution of our world leading 4G network, and we are keen to work together with our network partner Ericsson to drive the standards, test new concepts and research the new architectures.”

The areas of collaboration with Ericsson include: 3GPP Standards; 5G Radio Test Bed; 5G Field Trial; MTC (Machine Type Communications) and
Core Network Evolution.

The collaboration activities will commence in the second quarter of 2015 and continue to evolve as the standards mature and 5G becomes a commercial network reality around the 2020 timeframe.

Hayan Eriksson, Head, Ericsson Australia, New Zealand and Fiji said, “Delivering the benefits of 5G requires an end-to-end approach that includes devices, RAN and core networks. The 5G collaboration with Telstra will deepen our understanding of latest innovations, architectures and use cases important to 5G. It also presents an opportunity to understand how MTC a key component of 5G can transform many industries including utilities, mining, logistics and agriculture to mention but a few.”

“Ericsson has worked closely with Telstra to trial and introduce many advanced radio and core technologies such as LTE Advanced and LTE Broadcast. Our collaboration and partnership on 5G is another key area of innovation,” added Eriksson.

In another development, Telstra will deploy Ericsson’s LTE Broadcast end-to-end solution on their Australian 4GX network. With this capability in place Telstra will be progressively enabling permanent LTE Broadcast channels at key venues and major events, initially for testing and then for customer access on compatible devices during 2015.

LTE Broadcast has a number of potential key use cases including new customer content experiences at sporting events, such as tennis, cricket, horse racing, car racing and other special events. Using the technology, event goers will be able to access multiple high quality video streams and event related data.

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