Swedish technology giant Ericsson has joined forces with Telstra to roll out what they claim will be the largest and fastest mobile network across Australia.
Fifty 5G-enabled sites have been launched in Canberra, Adelaide and Perth. By the end of 2018, the companies estimate that 200 sites will be equipped with 5G.
‘Through our extensive collaborative efforts, we will ensure Australia is at the cutting edge of mobile technology,’ says Ericsson President and CEO Börje Ekholm.
In the past 12 months, Telstra and Ericsson jointly achieved a number of significant 5G milestones. In late 2017, they completed a world-first 5G trial data call over millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum using Telstra’s production core network.
‘Telstra has a history of investing ahead of the technology curve to ensure we have the latest capabilities in place to serve our customers,’ says Telstra CEO Andrew Penn in a company media release.
‘We're proud to partner with Ericsson to pioneer 5G technology in this country and to ensure that together, we continue to deliver market leading innovation in networks. The strategic partnership that has developed between the two companies over many years has resulted in nearly 40 world and Australian firsts.’
In February 2018, Telstra launched a 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast, supported by Ericsson. The centre has since been home to several world and Australian firsts, including a world-first precinct of 5G-enabled wi-fi hotspots, Australia’s first 5G connected car, and the world’s first end-to-end 5G non-standalone data call on a commercial mobile network.
In late October, Ericsson launched its own innovation centre in Melbourne. Part of the global Ericsson One program, the Ericsson Innovation Centre will be used by smaller startups, entrepreneurs, universities, partners and customers as a R&D hub for Ericsson and its partners.
Telstra’s 5G rollout is underpinned by a A$5 billion investment in the mobile network over three years to 30 June 2019. 5G devices are expected to be available to consumers in 2019.
Founded in 1876 and headquarted in Stockholm, Ericsson is a leading ICT provider, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through its networks.