Ericsson and Telstra have brought the next generation of wireless technology one step closer to deployment today, after conducting outdoor tests on one of the world’s first 5G trial systems in Melbourne, Australia.
Ericsson and Telstra conduct the first live 5G trial in Australia

Ericsson and Telstra have brought the next generation of wireless technology one step closer to deployment today, after conducting outdoor tests on one of the world’s first 5G trial systems in Melbourne, Australia.

The trial demonstrated 5G capabilities in a real world environment over a live network, including tests on speed, latency, and beam steering. The 5G trial system used 800 MHz of spectrum, 10 times more than what Telstra currently use for their 4G network, and achieved aggregate speeds of greater than 20 Gbps, with an indicative latency of at least half of what is seen in current 4G networks.

Telstra’s Chief Technology Officer, Philip Jones, says today’s demonstration provides a glimpse into the future and what mobile performance will be like in the next few years.

“Today we conducted the first live 5G trial on Australia soil, and did so in a real world, outdoor environment. This provided a truly realistic view of what 5G will be able to offer,” Jones says.

“5G enhances existing services with additional capacity, higher speeds and lower latency, while supporting a large number of machine-type connections. We are very excited to be working with Ericsson on this technology and how we can use 5G in the future to further connect and empower Australians.”

Telstra’s Group Managing Director Networks Mike Wright said; “While previous generations of technology connected people to people and people to the internet, 5G will connect more machines than ever before, and fundamentally change the way our world works. Lower latency will have a huge impact on future immersive experiences, virtual and augmented reality and IoT. The results we have seen with demonstrations are extremely promising particularly in this early stage of the technology development.”

Dr. Magnus Ewerbring, Chief Technology Officer Asia-Pacific, Ericsson, says: “Ericsson and Telstra have a long history of partnering for innovation, and these early 5G trials will help drive the global standards that will ultimately cover 5G.

“Running trials with our 5G Radio Prototype in different environments across the globe provides important feedback on trial conclusions to our research teams. In addition to the Telstra 5G trials, Telstra engineers were embedded with our researchers in Sweden, providing direct input to our 5G research and product development.”

Today’s trial is a key milestone of the extensive collaborative efforts between Telstra and Ericsson to ensure Australia is ready for 5G. While major deployment of 5G networks is not expected until 2020, work around standards, testing and spectrum is ongoing, and Telstra and Ericsson’s partnership is at the forefront of these developments in the country.