- TPG Telecom recently announced its intention to deploy Ericsson’s Dual Mode Core as part of a new partnership.
- TPG Telecom can combine 4G and 5G on one platform because of the network infrastructure of the 5G core network delivering tailored services for its customers.
- TPG has also opted for MATRIXX in May allowing the telco to consolidate and transform 4G and 5G service monetisation by moving to a single real-time platform.
TPG Telecom recently announced its intention to deploy Ericsson’s Dual Mode Core as part of a new partnership. The company has been the second operator to do so, following Telstra’s use of the platform.
As part of their multi-year collaboration, and in parallel to the deployment of Ericsson’s Dual Mode Core, TPG Telecom and Ericsson also announced that the virtualisation of TPG Telecom’s core network is complete. This virtualisation utilises the vendor’s virtual Evolved Packet Core, which supports 4G LTE and provides a smooth evolution from EPC to dual-mode core operations, 5G EPC and 5GC.
Still, as part of the virtualisation, Ericsson’s cloud infrastructure NFVI platform was deployed by TPG. This platform enables operators to deploy virtual network functions or cloud-native functions from multiple vendors. The partnership of TPG Telecom and Ericsson has been expanded to evolve this NFVI platform to a cloud-native, container-based environment. This will allow TPG to deploy CNFs, including Ericsson’s 5G Dual Mode Core.
TPG Telecom can combine 4G and 5G on one platform because of the network infrastructure of the 5G core network. In this case, TPG will be able to deliver tailored services for its customers.
Barry Kezik, TPG Telecom executive general manager of mobile and fixed networks, said: “The virtualisation of our core network has enabled us to fast-track our 5G rollout without disrupting 4G services. By introducing our new 5G core network, we are ensuring that we can significantly expand our 5G coverage whilst introducing new and innovative 5G industry applications that are tailored to enterprises.”
On the other hand, Emilio Romeo, head of Ericsson ANZ said: “This achievement is a testament to the strong and ongoing partnership that we have with TPG Telecom. The virtualisation of its core network will be critical in unleashing the potential of 5G using Ericsson’s market, leading 5G core solutions.”
He further added: “I am looking forward to continuing building our partnership with TPG Telecom as we support the deployment of a 5G standalone that will truly enable everyday consumers and enterprises to harness the potential of 5G.”
TPG has also opted for MATRIXX in May, such as what Telstra went for. TPG chose its Digital Commerce Platform for future 5G services. TPG is already using MATRIXX for its common rating platform across brands.
According to Easwaren Siva, TPG Telecom General Manager strategy and architecture: “MATRIXX allows us to consolidate and transform 4G and 5G service monetisation by moving to a single real-time platform that’s tightly integrated with our network.