Australia’s Telstra, Swedish vendor Ericsson and US-based Intel have announced the successful completion of what they claim is the first end-to-end 5G non-standalone (NSA) 3GPP data call on a commercial mobile network. In a press release regarding the development the trio said the call took place at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast Australia in a ‘multivendor setup’, using spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The core components used for the trial reportedly included: Telstra’s 5G NSA commercial network, one of its retail SIM cards and its spectrum in the 2100MHz and 3.5GHz bands; 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.
Commenting on the matter, Telstra’s Group Managing Director Networks, Mike Wright, said: ‘Demonstrating this 5G data call end-to-end using my own personal SIM card on Telstra’s mobile network is the closest any provider has come to making a ’true’ 5G call in the real world-environment and marks another 5G first for Telstra.’ Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson, added: ‘We’re quickly moving towards 5G commercial reality. Achieving the first commercial data call with our partners Telstra and Intel shows the progress we’ve made from testing the technology in a lab to a 5G commercial network environment.’
The commercial data call is the latest in a series of 5G announcements made by Telstra, with other notable developments including: the making of a 5G data call over 26GHz mmWave spectrum in November 2017; the switch-on of a 5G-enabled Wi-Fi precinct (March 2018); and a 5G mobile gaming demonstration (May 2018).