TPG Telecom and Ericsson announce 5G Core partnership for 5G SA networks

7 Sep 2021

TPG Telecom, which offers services under the Vodafone Australia banner, and Swedish vendor Ericsson have announced the completion of the virtualisation of the former’s core network, while unveiling a new partnership ‘to deploy its 5G Core for standalone [SA] 5G networks’. In a press release regarding the matter the pair claimed that virtualisation of TPG Telecom’s core network ‘sees it become the first operator in Australia to have its entire 4G and 5G customer base on a virtualised platform’.

Virtualisation of TPG Telecom’s core network has been carried out under a multi-year partnership between the pair and, building on the success of the programme, TPG Telecom has now extended its partnership with Ericsson ‘to include the deployment of its 5G Core for SA network’. According to the vendor, the completion of TPG Telecom’s 5G SA Core Network will assist the operator in achieving coverage of 85% of the population in ten of Australia’s largest cities and regions with its 5G network by the end of this year, whilst also enabling it to deliver innovative services and emerging industry 5G applications with greater flexibility and scalability. It was noted that the 5G Core network is based on future-proof network architecture that will enable TPG Telecom to combine 4G and 5G technologies on one platform, delivering tailored services for its customers through network slicing, network exposure, and edge capabilities.

Commenting, TPG Telecom Executive General Manager Mobile and Fixed Networks Barry Kezik, said: ‘The virtualisation of our core network has enabled us to fast-track our 5G rollout without disrupting 4G services … By introducing our new 5G Core network, we are ensuring that we can significantly expand our 5G coverage whilst introducing new and innovative 5G industry applications that are tailored to enterprises.’