Ericsson researchers top 4.3Gbps downlink on 5G millimeter Wave

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Ericsson R&D continues to push the boundaries in 5G New Radio data rates, notching up a record speed in millimeter wave (mmWave) transfer at Ericsson’s lab in Kista, Stockholm. 

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Feb 12, 2020
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With a technical specification comprising 8 component carriers (8CC) aggregating 800MHz of millimeter wave spectrum, Ericsson engineers achieved delivery rates of 4.3Gbps – the fastest 5G speed to date. The landmark was achieved during interoperability testing using commercial solutions.

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 commercial solution, including network and terminal support, will be available to 5G consumers during 2020.

A new combination of Ericsson Radio System solutions and 8CC software aggregating 800MHz of millimeter wave spectrum band extended the capabilities of 5G.

The breakthrough is good news for enhanced mobile broadband use cases such as multi-player gaming, AR gaming and rich video streaming. Higher downlink speeds will 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 fiber.

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “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 millimeter wave 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 record downlink speed on mmWave is Ericsson’s latest in a series of industry-firsts, which include the 2Gbps data call at MWC in 2018 and the 3Gbps LTE-5G dual connectivity speed showcased at MWC 2019.

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