Australia’s TPG Telecom (branded Vodafone Australia) and Nokia have announced what is reported to be the first global deployment of the latest generation of the Finnish vendor’s integrated 5G Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA) at one of TPG’s sites in Brisbane. In a press release regarding the development, it was noted that the Twin Beam version of Nokia’s IPAA delivers 5G capability and greatly increases the capacity of 3G, 4G and 5G deployed on existing mid band frequencies through advanced antenna technology. According to the vendor, this latest generation not only provides operators the ability to add 5G to an existing site without increasing the number or the size of the existing antennas on the site, but also doubles the range and greatly increases the capacity of all technologies deployed on existing mid band (e.g. 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz) frequencies by up to 80%. It has been suggested the technology will allow operators such as TPG Telecom to upgrade existing sites to 5G by simply replacing their existing antennas with a similar sized unit that supports all legacy technologies as well as 5G massive MIMO active antenna, all in a single compact solution.
Barry Kezik, Executive General Manager of Mobile and Fixed Networks at TPG Telecom, said of the matter: ‘We’re excited to be the first operator in the world to benefit from another example of market leading technology from Nokia. The Twin Beam IPAA will not only help expand our 5G coverage, helping us achieve our goal of reaching 85% of the population in Australia’s top six cities by the end of the year, it will also boost the coverage and capacity of our existing networks, meaning all of our customers will benefit from its deployment.’