Nokia launches the world’s first live 5G standalone 700MHz service

Nokia launches the world’s first live 5G standalone 700MHz service
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Nokia has launched the world’s first live 5G standalone 700MHz service in Australia in partnership with TPG Telecom.

The low-band service will help to cover wide outdoor areas in addition to deep indoor urban environments, making it particularly useful for IoT deployments.

Barry Kezik, Executive General Manager Mobile and Fixed Networks at TPG Telecom, said:

“We’re excited to be the first network in the world to realise the true potential of low-band 5G SA at 700MHz.

TPG Telecom’s low band 5G will expand our 5G coverage, supporting our goal of reaching 85 percent of the population in Australia’s top six cities by the end of the year and changing the way people and things connect to the TPG Telecom 5G network.”

The service uses Nokia’s latest equipment from its ReefShark-based AirScale range including its unique triple band remote radio unit that supports 700, 850, and 900MHz bands.

Dr Robert Joyce, Chief Technology Officer at Nokia Oceania, commented:

“Nokia is proud to support another 5G world first. We have a long-standing partnership with TPG Telecom, and we have jointly developed our unique triple-band radio solution specifically for them.

Today, we get to see the result of that joint effort and collaboration which will deliver premium wide area 5G SA coverage for TPG Telecom and its customers.”

Nokia’s triple-band radio unit also supports 3G, 4G and 5G simultaneously across all of TPG Telecom’s low-band frequencies.

The 5G SA service is now live on TPG Telecom’s network in Sydney.

(Photo by Srikant Sahoo on Unsplash)

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