In an Australian first, Nokia and TPG Telecom achieved a 5G uplink speed of 2 Gbps during a live demonstration at the Nokia 5G Futures Lab in Sydney.
The new 5G uplink record will enable the vendor and its customers, including TPG Telecom, to offer low-latency services for industrial and internet of things (IoT) applications that require high-speed uplink connectivity. Nokia expects the solution to be fully deployed in 2023 as devices that support this capability become available.
The demonstration involved a commercially available Nokia AirScale 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) base station and TPG Telecom’s 26 GHz spectrum to connect, over the air, to a 5G device powered by a Snapdragon X65 5G modem-radio frequency system featuring fourth-generation Qualcomm QTM545 mmWave antenna modules. Nokia also showcased its Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology to fully leverage the available spectrum assets. The CA setup included four component carriers of 100 MHz each in the 26 GHz band.
Once deployed, 5G mmWave technology will broaden service opportunities for both consumers and industries. The technology will support real-time multi-user 8K ultra-high-definition bi-directional video streaming, and augmented reality content for smartphones or wearable devices for immersive experiences. Massive amounts of data can be streamed directly from embedded IoT sensors and industrial robots over 5G, enabling real-time control of industrial processes using powerful 5G connected edge compute nodes.