Slicing the telecom operator’s Australian 5G network into separate secure slices, Telstra 5G standalone ensures bandwidth-hungry services run smoothly without leaving other nearby devices in the lurch.
Also known as 5G network slicing, each virtual slice can be tailored to provide an “assured network experience” to specific users for a specific purpose. This includes guaranteed minimum upload and download speeds, low latency, faster app responsiveness, stronger security, and greater reliability.
Standalone 5G isn’t necessarily about one particular network metric, such as speed or latency, but rather about the overall experience, says Nikos Katinakis – Group Executive, Networks & IT, Telstra.
“Think of 5G as a super-wide highway, and we just split it into enough lanes so everyone can travel at their own speed,” Katinakis says.
“This allows a customer who wants ultra-high bandwidth for their services to access them, and another who needs low latency to access them, while offering the latest security and reliability.”
Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra smartphones, purchased from Telstra and running Android 13 firmware update, will be the first devices to support Telstra 5G on a standalone basis. Once this update is applied, users with compatible devices will continue to operate seamlessly on the standalone network in the background.
Telstra 5G standalone in action
For consumers, standalone 5G will enable enhanced experiences in areas such as gaming – delivering more consistent performance and immersive interactions, by incorporating augmented and virtual reality technologies.
The 5G autonomous network will deliver new network experiences using a range of new features and services, to support not only consumers, but also new and emerging use cases of enterprise digitalization and digitalization. industry.
Autonomous 5G capabilities provide the speed, performance and security required to enable real-time data processing using edge computing.
These business use cases include devoting 5G slices to video analytics, used to track and monitor livestock as well as support fruit-picking robots and drones inspecting infrastructure for damage.
“We see huge potential for standalone 5G to transform the operations of our enterprise customers in industries such as mining and agriculture, where a custom-designed wafer can operate as a hybrid network or emulate a private 5G network. with guaranteed characteristics such as resiliency and bandwidth,” says Katinakis.
“All of this means our partner companies can plan innovative connectivity and application designs that allow them to work more efficiently and streamline their operations.”
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