TPG accelerates 5G deployment with Nokia antenna

TPG Telecom has become the first global site for Nokia’s integrated 5G Interleaved Passive Active Antenna (IPAA).

To be installed at a site in Brisbane, the Twin Beam version of 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.

It provides TPG with the ability to add 5G to an existing site without increasing the number or size of existing antennas on the site, as well as doubles the range and greatly increases the capacity of all technologies deployed on existing mid band frequencies by up to 80%.

Developed in collaboration with CommScope, the IPAA will allow the Australian telco 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.

It helps telcos overcome many deployment challenges that can typically hinder the introduction of 5G while at the same time boost the coverage and capacity of their existing 3G and 4G networks.

“The Twin Beam IPAA will not only help expand our 5G coverage, helping us achieve our goal of reaching 85 percent 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,” said Barry Kezik, Executive General Manager of Mobile and Fixed Networks at TPG Telecom.

“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,” said Dr Robert Joyce, Chief Technology Officer of Nokia Oceania.