Ericsson, Telstra and Intel achieve first 5G commercial network data call

Ericsson, Telstra and Intel have successfully completed the first end-to-end, 5G, non-standalone (NSA) 3GPP data call on a commercial network at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre.

“Demonstrating this 5G data call end-to-end using my own personal SIM card on Telstra’s mobile network is the closest any network provider has come to making a true 5G call in the real world environment, and marks another 5G first for Telstra,” said Mike Wright, Telstra’s Group Managing Director of Networks.

“We continue to work with global technology companies Ericsson and Intel as well as global standalone bodies to advance the deployment of commercial 5G capability in Australia.”

The call was the first of its kind over 3.5GHz spectrum, bringing together the core components from multiple companies required for a real commercial 5G network call.

“We’re quickly moving towards 5G commercial reality,” said Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson.

“Achieving the first commercial data call with our partners Telstra and Intel shows the progress we've made from testing the technology in a lab to a 5G commercial network environment. 5G is open for business and Ericsson is helping customers get it done.”

It included Telstra’s 5G NSA commercial network, licensed 3.5GHz commercial spectrum, Ericsson’s commercial 5G NR radio 6488, baseband and packet core for 5G EPC, a personal Telstra SIM card and the Intel 5G Mobile Trial platform for the 5G NR UE.

“Along with Ericsson and Telstra, Intel continues to demonstrate its strong 5G technical capability, as showcased by this first 5G data call on commercial infrastructure deployed in Telstra’s network,” said Asha Keddy, Vice President and General Manager, Intel Next Generation and Standards.

“Intel will continue to collaborate on 5G tests and multiple use cases ahead of Tesltra’s planned 5G commercial launch that will bring powerful, low-latency and high-bandwidth experiences to consumers.”

Ericsson, Telstra and Intel will continue to conduct 5G tests across multiple use cases ahead of the expected 5G commercial network launch by Telstra in 2019.