Orange, Ericsson hit 17Gbps in first outdoor 5G test in Spain

2017-09-26 11:03:06 | Source:Telecompaper

Orange and Ericsson have conducted the first test of 5G technology in real outdoor surroundings in Spain, reaching speeds of 12 to 17Gbps at street level, reports Telecompaper on September 25, 2017, citing EFE. The trial was conducted outside Ericsson’s Spanish headquarters on calle Retama in central Madrid, with the companies using a 5G base station weighing 300 kilograms as well as Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) and complex beamforming technology to simulate customer experience at street level. Average speeds were 15Gbps while latency was reduced to under 1 millisecond, compared to 20 mls for 4G and 800 mls for 3G.
The report added that the government granted temporary permission for the companies to use 800 MHz in the 28 GHz band for the pilot, which also saw a moving vehicle access a 4K film in real time while driving around the streets surrounding Ericsson’s offices.
The 5G test comes after Orange’s Spanish subsidiary last week conducted its first end-to-end data session using LTE-M technology, transferring Internet of Things (IoT) data over its commercial network in a trial conducted at its Madrid headquarters.

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