Nokia has worked with Australian telco TPG Telecom to set a new 5G uplink speed record in the country.

The duo hit a 5G uplink speed of 2Gbps, confirmed Nokia.

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The record was achieved using TPG Telecom’s 5G mmWave spectrum, with the milestone hit during a live demonstration at Nokia's 5G Futures Lab in Sydney.

Quicker uplink speeds are important for tapping the potential of industrial and IoT applications, which can be reliant are low-latency.

According to Nokia, the demonstration involved its Nokia AirScale 5G mmWave base station utilizing TPG Telecom’s 26GHz spectrum to connect, over the air, to a 5G device powered by a Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, which featured Qualcomm QTM545 mmWave antenna modules.

The vendor also deployed its Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology to fully leverage the available spectrum assets. The CA setup included four component carriers of 100MHz each in the 26GHz band.

Nokia claims that once 5G mmWave technology is deployed, it will create new service opportunities for both consumers and industries, and will support industries to stream massive amounts of data directly from embedded IoT sensors and industrial robots over 5G.

“Super-fast uplink speeds are critical to fully realize the huge benefits of 5G networks, particularly as we look to emerging technologies like augmented intelligence, machine learning, advanced sensors and robotics that are set to transform industries and economies with huge safety, productivity and efficiency outcomes as we move towards the metaverse era," said Nokia Oceania chief technology officer Dr. Robert Joyce.

TPG recently set a switch-off date of December 2023 for its 3G services in Australia, with the operator keen re-farm this spectrum towards 4G and 5G instead.

Meanwhile, the operator was fined last week by the Federal Court of Australia, over making false claims relating to Internet speeds on Australia's national broadband network (NBN). TPG was fined AU$5 million ($3.34m), with the fines relating to the operator making misleading statements related to their 50Mbps or 100Mbps fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) plans. Telstra and Optus were also fined.

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