Ericsson has worked closely with Telstra on its NSA 5G networks

Swedish tech giant, Ericsson, has joined forces with Australian telco, Telstra, to showcase the country’s first end to end 5G call.

The call was made over 3.6GHz spectrum and made use of a 5G stand-alone device based on a MediaTek chipset.

“Successfully completing Australia’s and the southern hemisphere’s first 5G standalone call is a vital step in driving industrial productivity and bringing Industry 4.0 to life. 5G is not just another incremental upgrade, but a platform for innovation marking a new era of intelligent connectivity.  Together with Telstra – one of the world’s first operators to launch 5G commercially on 5G non-standalone (NSA) – we continue to lead and drive innovation to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of telecommunications technology,” Emilio Romeo, head of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand.

Telstra began turning on its 5G networks across Australia earlier this year, on a non-standalone basis. Standalone 5G will incorporate a 5G cloud core, opening up faster speeds and lower latency levels across the board.

“Telstra has achieved a number of world and Australian milestones on our 5G journey and the successful completion of Australia’s first 5G end-to-end standalone call on Telstra’s network is the latest entry. This continues Telstra’s ongoing participation in global 5G leadership whilst simultaneously driving the deployment of 5G in Australia. To date we’ve already launched 5G in 10 cities, and this will increase to at least 35 cities over the next 12 months. Making this stand-alone 5G call at our 5G Innovation Centre contributes to our ongoing end-to-end 5G ecosystem learnings. This is another example of the ongoing industry collaboration working within the 5G eco-system and technology partners like Ericsson to pave the way for 5G advancements, and the benefits it will bring all Australians,” said Channa Seneviratne, network and infrastructure engineering executive, Telstra. 

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