Ericsson’s 5G Test Network Delivers 5Gbps Download Speeds

The first 5G networks are not expected until 2020, but Ericsson has already achieved speeds of 5Gbps in live, over the air demonstrations of the company’s pre standard 5G network technology.

The live demonstration employs an innovative new radio interface concept and advanced Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology to achieve the record-breaking results.

Ericsson 5G network development activity includes new antenna technologies with wider bandwidths, higher frequencies and shorter transmission time intervals. Radio base stations built with baseband units and radio units are being developed specifically for 5G trials. Small cells in a heterogeneous network environment, new frequency bands (including 15 GHz) and high-speed, high-capacity backhaul transmission are also key 5G focus areas for Ericsson.

With faster speeds, lower latency and better performance in highly dense areas, 5G represents an evolution of the user experience, but it will also enable new device-to-device and M2M applications that will impact both consumers, such as traffic safety control, tactile internet, and industry, for example sensors or capillary networks.

5G standards are still in early development and new spectrum allocations are still to be considered.

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