Australia’s nbn has achieved a world record for long-range 5G transmission using mmWave to enhance its Fixed Wireless network. According to the company, live testing occurred near Mortlake, Victoria, with technology partners Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and Casa Systems. The group achieved stable 5G mmWave transmission of close to 1 Gbps at a distance of 4.53 miles, double the distance recorded at the site just three months ago, setting a new global record.
According to nbn Co-Chief Development Officer, Regional and Remote, Gavin Williams, “We face some unique challenges, not least vast distances, and harsh environments, that have always required a strong focus on innovation. This long-range achievement is a very promising sign as we continue to develop our options to further improve performance and customer experience and plan to meet emerging demand on the network.”
nbn says it’s committed to optimizing performance and customer experience across its Fixed Wireless network, covering more than 620,000 locations in regional and rural Australia. The company invests $200 million annually to optimize its network’s performance, continuously innovating.
The recent test enables nbn to understand field measurements better and provide development guidance for wireless technology suppliers. The testing also helps nbn understand the most cost-effective and spectrum-efficient ways to integrate 5G into its evolving network architecture.
nbn’s 4G Fixed Wireless network currently exhibits spectral efficiency levels above 4bps/Hz in the downlink and 1.6bps/Hz in the uplink. The company’s benchmarks show that 99.9 percent of the network cells and 100 percent of the backhaul links are currently performing at or above their design thresholds. nbn plans for a 5G rollout in the future.
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