NBN announces 5G trials with Ericsson

Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) company has announced that it will launch 5G trials this week alongwith Ericsson in Melbourne. NBN is exploring 5G potential to upgrade its fixed-wireless service.

NBN will be using 100MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band for the trial, as well as Ericsson’s 5G New Radio (5G NR) equipment. NBN CTO Ray Owen said that the tests will be used to see how it can improve its fixed-wireless service.

“As with any new technology, there have been claims made about how 5G will impact the fixed broadband market,” Owen said.

“We know that 5G will enable much faster speeds than 4G, but at NBN we also know better than anyone about how much data end users are consuming, and some of the challenges on putting that data capacity onto fixed-wireless network,” he added.

NBN currently operates more than 2,500 fixed-wireless macro sites across the nation, providing the service to around 225,000 premises.

“We are certainly not done with 4G yet,” Owen added.

“We have a number of initiatives under way using next-generation 4G technology such as MIMO to deliver an improved end-user experience on fixed-wireless, but we absolutely want to look at what 5G will offer in the future to all Australians wherever they may live.”

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