TPG Telecom and Samsung to conduct 5G vRAN trial in 26GHz band

8 Jul 2021

Samsung Electronics has announced that it will conduct what it claims is Australia’s first 5G virtualised RAN (vRAN) trial on the 26GHz band in partnership with TPG Telecom (Vodafone Australia), using integrated mmWave solution for mobile and fixed-wireless services. Announcing the development, Samsung said it will place its vRAN solution in TPG Telecom’s new Innovation Lab in Glebe, New South Wales, while the vendor’s latest 5G mmWave product – Compact Macro, which brings together a baseband, radio and antenna in a single form-factor – will be deployed in the wider Glebe area.

Commenting, Inaki Berroeta, CEO at TPG Telecom, said: ‘We are very pleased to partner with Samsung as part of our new Innovation Lab to drive product and technology innovation by trialling virtualisation … Deploying mmWave spectrum on our 5G network together with vRAN architecture will allow us to develop exciting 5G use cases for industry verticals and enable the delivery of even faster speeds and greater capacity for our customers.’ Woojune Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Sales & Marketing, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, added: ‘Samsung is excited to begin this trial with TPG Telecom powered by our innovative 5G vRAN solution and latest integrated 26GHz mmWave product, which will be the first in Australia … Through a combination of our powerful 5G solutions and ongoing efforts in 5G development, Samsung looks forward to helping TPG Telecom gain the full benefits of 5G to reshape the value of mobile experiences for users and enterprises.’

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in April 2021 TPG Telecom was announced as one of the winnings bidders in an auction for 26GHz frequencies, with agreeing to pay AUD108 million (USD81 million) for its new spectrum.