Carving up the telco’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 minimum guaranteed upload and download speeds, low latency, faster responsiveness of applications, enhanced security and greater reliability.
5G Standalone isn’t necessarily about any one network metric, such as speed or latency, but more the overall experience, says Nikos Katinakis – Group Executive, Networks & IT, Telstra.
“Think of 5G as an extra-wide highway, and we’ve just split it into enough lanes for everyone to travel at their own speed,” Katinakis says.
“It allows one customer that wants ultra-high bandwidth for their services to access this, and another who needs low latency to access that – while also providing the latest improvements in both security and reliability.”
The Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra smartphones, purchased from Telstra and running the Android 13 firmware update, will be the first devices to support Telstra 5G standalone. 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, 5G Standalone will enable enhanced experiences in areas such as gaming – providing more consistent performance and immersive interactions, by incorporating Augmented and Virtual reality technologies.
The 5G Standalone network will provide new network experiences using a range of new features and services, to support not only consumers but also new and emerging enterprise and industrial digitisation use cases.
5G Standalone capabilities provide the required speed, performance and security to allow data to be processed in real time using computing at the network edge.
These business use cases include dedicating 5G slices to video analytics, used to track and monitor cattle as well as support robots picking fruit and drones inspecting infrastructure for damage.
“We see huge potential for 5G Standalone to transform the operations of our enterprise customers in industries like mining and agriculture, where a custom-designed slice can function as a hybrid or emulate a private 5G network with assured characteristics such as resilience and bandwidth,” Katinakis says.
“All that means is our enterprise partners can plan innovative connectivity and application designs that allow them to work more efficiently and streamline their operations.”