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Press Release -- August 5th, 2021
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Nokia and TPG Telecom accelerate Australia 5G deployment using Nokia’s Integrated Passive Active Antenna

Nokia and TPG Telecom accelerate Australia 5G deployment using Nokia’s Integrated Passive Active Antenna

  • Nokia and TPG Telecom deploy the latest generation of Nokia’s Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA) – the Twin Beam IPAA
  • IPAA’s unique compact design simplifies the deployment challenges of finding space on towers and rooftops, thus accelerating rollout of 5G networks
  • This latest generation of IPAA not only delivers costs effective 5G within the same footprint of an existing antenna but also greatly increases the range and capacity of 3G, 4G and 5G deployed on existing frequency bands

05 August 2021

Sydney, Australia – Nokia and TPG Telecom today announced the first global deployment of the latest generation of Nokia’s integrated 5G Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA) at a TPG Telecom site in Brisbanefollowing the successful introduction of Nokia’s IPAA solution in networks across the world. The Twin Beam version of Nokia’s IPAA delivers both 5G capability and greatly increases the capacity of 3G, 4G and 5G deployed on existing mid band frequencies through advanced antenna technology.

This latest generation not only provides operators the ability to add 5G to an existing site without increasing the number or the size of the existing antennas on the site, but also doubles the range and greatly increases the capacity of all technologies deployed on existing mid band (e.g. 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz) frequencies by up to 80%.

Nokia’s IPAA solution has been developed in collaboration with CommScope. It will 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, all in a single compact solution. With this latest solution, operators can overcome many deployment challenges that can typically hinder the introduction of 5G and at the same time boost the coverage and capacity of their existing 3G and 4G networks.

Barry Kezik, Executive General Manager of Mobile and Fixed Networks at TPG Telecom, said: “We’re excited to be the first operator in the world to benefit from another example of market leading technology from Nokia. 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.”

Dr Robert Joyce, Chief Technology Officer at Nokia Oceania, said: “Nokia is delighted to be bringing our market leading 5G technology to Australia to deliver yet another 5G world first with TPG Telecom. 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.”

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About TPG Telecom
TPG Telecom is an Australian telecommunications company which is home to some of Australia’s most-loved telecommunications brands including Vodafone, TPG, iiNet, AAPT, Internode, Lebara and felix. TPG Telecom owns and operates mobile and fixed networks that are connecting Australia for the better.

TPG Telecom’s 5G network is rolling out to selected areas in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, the Gold Coast, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Geelong. 5G is currently available in more than 650 suburbs across these major metro areas and the company currently has around 1,600 sites in the planning and design phase.

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