TPG Telecom selects Nokia’s integrated passive active antenna for 5G

TPG Telecom selects Nokia’s integrated passive active antenna for 5G

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TPG Telecom has deployed Nokia’s integrated 5G Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA) at its TPG Telecom site in Brisbane.

Touted as 'the first global' deployment of the latest generation Nokia, the news follows the successful integration of Nokia’s IPAA solution in various global networks.

“We’re excited to be the first operator in the world to benefit from another example of market leading technology from Nokia," said Barry Kezik (pictured), executive general manager of mobile and fixed networks at TPG Telecom.

"The Twin Beam IPAA will not only help expand our 5G coverage, helping us achieve our goal of reaching 85% of the population in Australia’s top six cities by the end of the year, it will also boost the coverage and capacity of our existing networks, meaning all of our customers will benefit from its deployment.”

Specifically, the Twin Beam version of Nokia’s IPAA delivers 5G capability as well as increases the capacity of 3G, 4G and 5G deployed on existing mid band frequencies through advanced antenna technology.

Nokia's integrated 5G IPAA enables operators to add 5G to an existing site without increasing the number or the size of the existing antennas on the site.

It also doubles the range and greatly increases the capacity of all technologies deployed on existing mid band frequencies by up to 80%.

“Nokia is delighted to be bringing our market leading 5G technology to Australia to deliver yet another 5G world first with TPG Telecom," said Dr Robert Joyce, chief technology officer at Nokia Oceania.  

"This new variant of the IPAA allows operators to increase coverage, capacity and capability to all of their customers – 3G, 4G or 5G - through a quick and simple upgrade of an existing site.”

Developed in partnership with CommScope, Nokia's IPAA allow operators such as TPG Telecom to upgrade existing sites to 5G by simply replacing their existing antennas with a similar sized unit that supports all legacy technologies as well as 5G massive MIMO active antenna, in a single solution.

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