TPG Telecom, operating under the Vodafone Australia banner, and Samsung Electronics have announced the successful completion of their 5G virtualised RAN (vRAN) 26GHz mmWave trial which began in July, aimed at testing a range of mobile and fixed wireless service scenarios. The partners also disclosed that the scope of their collaboration is now set to increase, with TPG engaging Samsung to expand its trial coverage in the operator’s network.
The initial trial involved a cluster of sites attached to Samsung’s virtualised Core at TPG Telecom’s Innovation Lab and field in Glebe, using Samsung’s 5G solutions including vRAN and integrated mmWave product ‘Compact Macro’ which comprises a baseband, radio and antenna designed for easy installation on the sides of buildings as well as utility poles for the swift build-out of 5G networks. The trial clocked a peak user throughput of 2.3Gbps using 400MHz of spectrum on 26GHz and demonstrated over 4Gbps in cell throughput with Samsung’s Multi-User, Multiple-Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) technology. The trial also achieved a steady rate above 1Gbps user throughput in non-line-of-sight scenarios approximately 1km away.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Vodafone Australia launched a 3500MHz 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) network in April 2020 and expects to reach ‘85% of ten large cities/regions’ by end-2021, while it launched a 5G Standalone (SA) network in Sydney in July 2021 after adding commercial 700MHz 5G spectrum. The operator won its 26GHz mmWave spectrum at auction in April 2021.