TPG and Nokia reach 2Gb/s on the 26GHz band

Australian operator TPG Telecom and Nokia claimed to have achieved a record uplink data rate of 2Gb/s using mmWave spectrum during a demonstration at the provider’s lab in Sydney.

In a statement, Nokia explained that the demonstration used four 100 MHz component carriers in the 26 GHz band, running on its AirScale mmWave base station and 5G core.

The base station connected to a 5G device powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 5G modem.

Nokia noted that the mmWave spectrum will enable operators to deliver high-performance, low-latency services to consumers and industries, citing multi-user 8K video streaming and real-time control of industrial processing as examples.

TPG Telecom’s chief financial officer, Giovanni Chiarelli, said the demonstration was important “because it shows the huge potential of 5G mobile technology and provides insight into the broadband services” that can be enabled.

Robert Joyce, CTO at Nokia Oceania, added that fast uplink speeds were key to reaping the full benefits of 5G networks. “Pushing the boundaries of 5G with innovative customers like TPG Telecom in Australia is a big part of this journey forward.”

TPG Telecom uses Nokia equipment in an autonomous 5G network using 700 MHz band launched in parts of Sydney in 2021.

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