Telstra says its network is now end-to-end enabled for 5G Standalone

1 May 2020

Australian cellco Telstra claims to have achieved ‘another milestone in delivering the full power of 5G to Australia’, announcing that its mobile network is now end-to-end enabled for 5G Standalone (5G SA). In a blog post detailing the development, the mobile network operator (MNO) said the upgrade means that 5G SA-capable devices will be able to operate ‘purely in 5G mode, without the support of underlying 4G technology as occurs today’. According to Telstra, it is currently conducting early testing of the first of compatible devices, and has said it expects them to become available to its subscribers ‘from late 2020’.

Meanwhile, Telstra noted that to achieve the upgrade it has been working with technology partner Ericsson which has enabled new 5G service-based architecture, upgrading Telstra’s 5G radio network coverage footprint across Australia with a Cloud Native 5G Core Network to handle standalone traffic.

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