Telstra and Ericsson successfully completed a 100km long-range 5G data call on a mid-band Time Division Duplex (TDD) Advanced Antenna System (AAS) radio in a live commercial network. #pressrelease

February 23, 2023

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STOCKHOLM – This world-first achievement was conducted at Burra in South Australia and made possible through a new software feature that extends the maximum cell range from 15km out to 100km. The extended range feature will enable Telstra to broaden the benefits of 5G Massive MIMO AAS radios to even more rural and regional areas, delivering 5G capacity and downlink speeds to more customers.

While this feature will not extend reach where it is already limited by terrain, vegetation or other obstructions, in situations where an area has clear line-of-site to the antenna on an enabled site, a connection can be established as far as 100km. Although situations allowing a full 100km extension will be limited, there will be many areas in regional/rural Australia where effective 5G coverage will now reach well beyond 15km, meaning more 5G coverage in more places.

Telstra will selectively enable this long-range capability where it can provide a coverage benefit based on each mobile site's local requirements and environment. Once testing is complete, and based on device dependencies, it is expected selective field deployments will start later this year.

Read the full press release here.


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