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Telstra Makes Its First 5G Call Over Commercial Mobile Network

Telstra has successfully completed its first end-to-end 5G non-standalone data call on a commercial mobile network.

Andy Penn, CEO at Telstra says this is ‘another important step’ taking 5G out of the lab and into real-world production mobile network environment, consistent with our commitment to lead on 5G as part of our Telstra2022 strategy.

The telco collaborated with Ericsson and Intel for this 5G call which was made at the company’s innovation centre in the Gold Coast.

To make the call, Telstra used core components required for a real commercial 5G network call, including Telstra’s network, a Telstra SIM and Telstra licensed 3.5GHz commercial spectrum, as well as Ericsson’s commercial 5G NR radio 6488, baseband and packet core for 5G EPC and the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform for the 5G NR UE.

Penn says this 5G call is the closest any provider has come to making a true real-world commercial 5G call and marks another 5G first for Telstra.

He says, “Achieving our first commercial 5G data call with these key technology partners demonstrates the progress we are making in building 5G readiness in Telstra’s mobile network. In the coming weeks and months we will be accelerating our efforts to continue to lead the market on 5G.

“We will continue to work with our global technology partners to conduct 5G tests in real-world environments so we can advance the deployment of 5G as soon as the standards, new spectrum and 5G capable devices are ready.

“With all of these building blocks in place we will then roll-out commercial 5G capability nationally to capital cities, regional centres and other high demand areas.”

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