Australian mobile operator Telstra and vendor partner Ericsson have announced that they have achieved a new 5G download peak speed benchmark of 7.3Gbps on the former’s live commercial network. In a press release regarding the development it was noted that the speed benchmark for a single user had been achieved at a site at the Gold Coast in Queensland.

With regards to technical details, Ericsson confirmed the speed had been demonstrated using a smartphone form factor mobile test device, powered by Snapdragon X70 5G Modem-RF System, connected to a live commercial Telstra mobile site equipped with an Ericsson Radio System base-station supporting New Radio Dual Connectivity (NR-DC) between 800MHz of 26GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum and 100MHz of 3.6GHz TDD spectrum. Meanwhile, 256QAM modulation was said to have been used on the mmWave carriers to boost the peak speed.

Commenting, Iskra Nikolova, Telstra’s Network and Infrastructure Executive, said: ‘We are pleased to be working with our partners Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies to once again increase the peak download speed capability of our mmWave network to 7.3Gbps, a significant jump from our previous benchmark of 5.9Gbps set in February this year. Improved peak download speeds translate directly into improved network capacity which benefits all Telstra customers. It is also another important step in evolving our 5G SA network capability which is essential to delivering new services to our customers.’

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