Google Pixel 6 on Celona

Basic device configuration and onboarding on a private LTE network

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Written by Team Celona
Updated over a week ago

The Google Pixel 6 series currently includes the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro models. Both models utilize the Google Tensor Chipset, which is Google's first, custom-built, SoC specifically for Pixel phones.

These handsets support private celllular network connectivity via a Celona network, operating on the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum in the US.

In this article, we review the onboarding steps and the network performance for a Google Pixel 6 phone. Here are few details about the device under test:

  • Product Page: Link

  • Model Name: Pixel 6

  • Model ID: GB7N6

  • SIMS: Dual SIM (Single Nano SIM and eSIM)

  • Android Version: 12

  • Baseband Version: g5123b-93368-211225-B-8029609

  • Kernel Version: 5.10.43 (Mon Nov 22 13:49:23 UTC 2021)

Onboarding the Pixel 6 to a Celona network

Preparing and Installing the Physical SIM

From the Device page, located within the Celona Orchestrator, activate and assign the designated physical SIM, and place it on the Pixel 6 SIM tray, face-up. Insert the tray into the phone to complete the physical installation.

Verify physical SIM has been identified

Once the SIM has been inserted, navigate to Settings > Network and Internet and verify that the Celona SIM is listed under the SIMs section.

Create the new APN profile

Once the SIM has been verified, create a new APN profile to allow device network connectivity. To create this, navigate to the APNs menu page located within Settings > Network and Internet > SIMs, and by selecting Access Point Names.

Select the "+" icon, located at the top-right corner of the screen, to create and edit a new APN profile.

Change both Name and APN fields to "celonadns", and then save the profile by opening the 3 dot menu, located at the top-right, and select Save.

Once the profile has been saved, the device will redirect to the APNs page, which should be updated with the newly created profile, celonadns.

Select the newly created celonadns profile from the APN list to enable it as the primary SIM for the device.

Performance Testing

We performed a basic throughput and latency test via with the Celona indoor AP in an office setting - about 50ft away, with cubicle obstructions.

To see Google Pixel 6 in action on a Celona network, enabled with critical apps that you care the most about, feel free to request a custom demo here.

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