5G is the key technology with which we can already start digitalization today and it forms the basis for undreamed-of possibilities in regards to connecting people and things. A1 currently provides more than 4 million people in Austria with the newest radio access network generation and offers the best broadband-technology in our 5Giganetwork. You’ll receive more information about the 5G status quo in our countries at the end of this story in an infographic. The only thing missing on our 5G map was the mobile 5G truck that brings 3G, 4G and 5G network to wherever it’s needed.
5G on wheels
In June 2021, the 5G truck hoisted its poles for the first time at the music festival in Grafenegg, a small village in Lower Austria, and it provided undisturbed enjoyment on instrumental and technical devices. Michael Jaworsky, the inventor of the 5G truck, could not miss the premiere of his brainchild. He’s been with us at A1 for over 20 years, started with radio network-planning and optimization, and now takes care of topics about digitalization and radio design in the network department, where there are always interesting projects.
Where did you get your fascination for technology?
I’ve always thought radio was interesting. My attention was captured the moment three lamps started blinking. It’s cool when you can pass your fascination on to others.
How did you come up with the truck idea?
The starting point was an old truck with a broken engine. I had an idea, a vision, to create something new and 5G, with its uniqueness, should definitely be part of it. Luckily, I could convince my colleagues – with a sketch on a napkin – to support me on my nearly two year long journey.
What you can`t explain on a napkin, you can`t do on 20 pages/slides of presentation either.
Are there any refinements on the truck that you’re especially proud of?
Unique about this truck are its two poles. My team and I spent a lot of time figuring out the right orientation, statics and wind load.
Where can the truck not be missing?
The 5G truck enjoys being anywhere, where there are up to 50,000 people, that it can provide with the best radio technology, like the Erzberger rodeo or the popular Donauinselfest in Vienna.
How do you have to operate the truck?
The truck is operated by our colleagues like other trucks and is prepared for its operations by colleagues from network planning, optimization and OMC (Operations and Maintenance Center) and constantly supervised. Added up, that’s quite costly in terms of labor – just setting up the microwave link takes a whole day, lines have to be organized, switched on and configured… all of them things, that our colleagues operate in secret, so the truck can do what it is supposed to do.
How does it feel to be the first one in the world to have developed something like this?
It makes me proud, when working with colleagues for 1.5 years results in something so wonderful.
Why do you like going to work?
Cool topics and the teamwork with the people, that know what they’re doing, makes my job so special.
What does 5G mean for you personally?
And for A1? 5G in three words: capacity, speed, mobile office. In my opinion, A1 should take this technology to the maximum, build a lot and satisfy as many people as possible.
What’s your next project? Will there be a 6G truck? ;-)
I’m currently focused on the topic of millimeterwave. That’s 5G with Gigabyte broadcasts and low latency periods.
And while we work on the future, let`s look at our A1 countries and the local 5G news:
2.000 5G sites in operation
On November 12, 2019, we applied for an allocation of radio frequency spectrum that meets the requirements of international 5G standards. In 2020, A1 in test mode launched the first 5G SA (Standalone) network in Belarus. The first VoNR call in Belarus and the CIS was made in this network.
We were the first to launch a real 5G network for test purposes in 2020 and commercially in 2021, after acquiring a license for the 3600-3700 MHz spectrum. Our 5G ULTRA offers download speeds exceeding 1,000 Mbps and covers over 75 settlements.
5G pilots PR activities held
We successfully completed the first testing phase for commercial 5G technology. We are now waiting for the frequency auction in Macedonia by the Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC).
We are just starting running tests of 5G base stations, so we can be sure of the functionalities and possibilities that new technology brings.
Using a 5G base station in Ljubljana we test functions and possibilities of 5G.