Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies announced a new 5G download peak speed of 7.3 Gbps achieved on Telstra’s direct commercial network.
The new global downlink speed benchmark for a single user was achieved on a Telstra live mobile site located on the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia. This latest achievement further demonstrates how 5G is helping to build a connected future for Telstra customers through increased speed and capacity that deliver better customer experiences and productivity outcomes.
This new global 5G standard of 7.3 Gbps for a single user was demonstrated using a smartphone form factor mobile test device powered by the Snapdragon® X70 5G Modem-RF System. The mobile device 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 n258 (26GHz) mmWave spectrum and 100MHz of mid-band n78 (3, 6GHz) Time Division Duplex (TDD) spectrum.
The 256QAM modulation was used on the mmWave carriers which increases the peak speed to 7.3 Gbps, surpassing the previous 5G downlink benchmark also set by Telstra in February 2022 of 5.9 Gbps (peak modulation of 64QAM on mmWave).
The introduction of this enhanced peak speed capability further enhances Telstra’s recently launched 5G SA network, which allows Telstra to split its world-leading mobile network into separate slices that can be fine-tuned to suit the needs of many customers. By adding improved peak speeds and capacity, Telstra can deliver more capable network interfaces to more customers. Telstra’s standalone 5G network will support not only consumer services, but also new and emerging enterprise and industrial digitization use cases.