With auctions over, we begin to see 5G properly shaped.
In July of this year, Australia’s statutory authority for communications concluded its third and final round of 5G mmWave spectrum auctions, allocating space for a range of GHz and MHz ranges.
This followed two previous auctions across 2021, as we reported here on the website.
These auctions would signal to operators that it was finally time to unleash 5G’s power.
Now, we are beginning to see what 5G in Australia will truly look like, with the introduction of ‘Standalone 5G’, or ‘SA 5G’ — a new way to “transform connectivity experiences”:
SA 5G is the first major update to 5G networks and will also help move 5G private networking beyond the trial stage into major commercial deployments.
Unlike many current 5G networks, which are non-standalone (NSA), SA 5G implements a “5G core” to “manage connectivity, mobility and user authentication”, as well as other “management functions”:
SA 5G enables network slicing, which facilitates the creation of “independent virtualised networks” on the same physical hardware, as can be seen in the table above. According to Telstra:
“5G Standalone technology allows us to carve up our world-leading mobile network into separate, secure slices that can be finely tuned to suit the needs of many customers.”
Why is this such a huge development?
Well, as we have previously highlighted, the version of 5G we see now isn’t really 5G at all. Existing 5G networks connect from a 5G radio anchor to a 4G LTE core base and rely heavily on the 4G network.
This is 5G’s evolution to a truly independent network — with a 5G New Radio and 5G core — leading to much lower latency for the combined SA 5G formula. Telstra notes:
“Think of 5G as an extra-wide highway, and we’ve just split it into enough lanes for everyone to travel at their own speed.”
From a collective mechanism to a faster, individualised service.
Australia’s 5G network is ready to reach its full potential and we are already seeing the results shown.
NEW SPEEDS AND DISTANCE
5G Standalone has allowed for operators to ‘turbo charge’ their existing 5G networks.
Nokia, in partnership with Australian operator TPG Telecom, recently announced they have hit a 5G uplink speed of 2 Gbps using TPG’s allocated mmWave spectrum:
Nokia said this record speed was achieved during a live demonstration at the Nokia 5G Futures Lab in Sydney, using the new spectrums allocated in the auctions:
Similarly, Samsung Electronics announced the company hit new milestones in Australia, achieving a 10km long-range transmission over 5G mmWave in a recent field trial conducted with NBN Co:
As the farthest 28GHz 5G mmWave Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) connection recorded to-date, this milestone demonstrates the “expanded reach possible with this powerful spectrum” and “its ability to efficiently deliver widespread broadband coverage across the country”.
Australia is not alone in their efforts, either.
The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) reported that by October 2021, 94 operators in 48 countries were investing in trials or deployments of public SA 5G networks.
Why should you be concerned about this?
‘Low latency’, as it is described, can help make devices such as industrial robots and self-driving cars a reality and will also permit massive IoT on the network.
The “5G core” can support up to one million devices within a square kilometre, more than what previous cellular standards could ever thinking of supportting.
From here, mass surveillance, bio-hacking, mind control, resource tyranny, movement restriction and more dystopian pictures are possible. This is the moment 5G activists have been fighting against.
It seems like yesterday we first reported on rollout plans in 2019.
Three years later, the ‘next generation’ has arrived.
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