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TPG Turns On “World First” Low Band 5G Network

TPG has switched on what it bills as the world’s first standalone 700MHz 5G network, which it says will improve both indoor and outdoor coverage.

The network, now active in parts of Sydney, uses Nokia’s new ReefShark-based AirScale product range, which includes a triple-band radio capable of 700, 850 and 900MHz transmission as well as simultaneous support for 3G, 4G, and 5G on low-band frequencies.

According to Barry Kezik, Executive General Manager Mobile and Fixed Networks at TPG Telecom, low-band 5G can penetrate further and deeper into buildings, providing more coverage especially in urban areas.

“TPG Telecom’s low band 5G will expand our 5G coverage, supporting our goal of reaching 85% of the population in Australia’s top six cities by the end of the year and changing the way people and things connect to the TPG Telecom 5G network,” he said.

Dr Robert Joyce, Chief Technology Officer at Nokia Oceania, added that the deployment was another 5G world-first for Nokia.

“We have a long-standing partnership with TPG Telecom, and we have jointly developed our unique triple band radio solution specifically for them.

“Today we get to see the result of that joint effort and collaboration which will deliver premium wide area 5G SA coverage for TPG Telecom and its customers,” said Joyce.

Nokia rolled out its new ReefShark-powered radio technology late last month.

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