Telstra building Australia's first IoT network

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 27, 2017

Telstra is the first in the nation to deliver live mobile traffic over its virtualised network functionality, with the telecommunications carrier now entering the second phase of the NFV program with Ericsson.

Collaborations with Qualcomm Technologies, Ciena, Sierra Wireless, Altair and Bosch "will deliver Telstra advanced network capabilities in optical, 5G, IoT and Cloud, and in turn support Telstra's customers to receive the benefits from early technology innovation", says Romeo.

Ericsson is working closely with Telstra to deliver next-generation technologies in each key area of Telstra's network.

The idea is to build something that has the speed and resilience to support the huge growth in traffic expected over the next few years as 5G draws near, as more and more "things" are connected to the cloud and to each other and as video and media streaming becomes an important part of the mobile network.

Ericsson plans to expand Telstra's optical network for the next three years by integrating its network with Ciena's converged optical packet solution. And our move to virtualization through the Telco and Media Cloud projects will enable us to deliver our customers unique and differentiated services to meet their personal and business needs.

"Work has commenced to transform our network to increase its value to business as they shift IT into the cloud, improve productivity and efficiency with mobility, store and process business critical data in the cloud, and apply machine learning to solve complex challenges, while ensuring regional Australians enjoy the same experience as those in our major cities". It will also make use of scalable OFDM-based waveforms and a new flexible framework design that are expected to be part of the 5G NR specifications. Cat 1 LTE is intended for connecting ultra-low-power IoT devices and supports maximum data transfer rates of up to 10/5Mbps. The deployed Cat-M1 capability will allow Telstra to deploy a comprehensive range of IoT applications quickly and flexibly - accelerating the growth of Australia's IoT ecosystem. "Advantages include low cost, low power consumption, deep coverage, massive numbers of connections, and high reliability of transmission", he said.

"Building Cat-M1 services for IoT using the scale and standardisation of the 3GPP roadmap allows the rapid rollout of Cat-M1 through a new network software activation and provides the ideal platform for a proliferation of IoT devices and applications".

Telstra has also partnered with Qualcomm, as well as Ericsson, to trial 5G New Radio technology.

The telco said it the trials would involve the use of millimetre Wave (mmWave) and mid-band spectrum technologies.

Telstra's Wright said the development was a big step forward in preparing for 5G.

Customer trials are now under way in Melbourne as well as Tasmania.

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