Record downlink speed achieved for 5G mmWave
Written by: Charlotte Hathway | Published:

Ericsson has said its engineers have achieved the fastest 5G speed to date at its research lab in Kista, Stockholm.

Ericsson Radio System Street Macro 6701 delivered data with downlink speeds of 4.3Gbps over-the-air using a 5G smartphone form factor test device powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System.

The company said this breakthrough is good news for enhanced mobile broadband use cases such as multi-player gaming, AR gaming and rich video streaming. Higher downlink speeds could also expand opportunities for communications service providers to bring fixed wireless access to consumers, with cellular mmWave connectivity of up to four times faster than fibre.

Per Narvinger, head of product area networks at Ericsson, said, “This is a fantastic achievement. To put 4.3Gbps in context, that is the equivalent of downloading one hour of ultra-high-definition, or 4K, content from a streaming service in just 14 seconds. Ericsson is taking the next steps in ensuring service providers can deliver the best capacity and data rates over mmWave 5G. The 8CC aggregation solution we have successfully tested will enable not only higher speeds but also large-scale 5G deployments and new business opportunities.”

The company added that this commercial solution, including network and terminal support, will be available during 2020.


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