Well 4G is old news…we are now starting to hear about what 5G can offer us, and EE have already started testing the capabilities.
During testing an impressive 2.8 Gbps speed was measured, smashing the already impressive near 1Gbps speeds that 4G offers using 3CA and 256QAM technology.
EE said in a statement..
We’re using our experience in cutting edge 4G technologies and our dedicated partnership approach to ensure technology leadership in 5G. The network architecture we’ve proven today is a huge step forward, and will drive our ambitious rollout timetable to be first for 5G.
We won’t see a 5G launch to customers until nearly 2020, so you have a few years to go, but it’s exciting to see what the future holds.
EE SHOWCASES END-TO-END 5G NETWORK ARCHITECTURE WITH 2.8GBPS SPEEDS
- EE’s end-to-end 5G network architecture delivers consistent 2.8Gbps download speeds in UK test lab
- Major step forward for network function virtualisation (NFV) with fully virtualised 5G core network on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware in the EE lab
- Cutting edge speeds achieved over active antenna unit with 64×64 Massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) broadcasting 5G New Radio over 3.5GHz test spectrum
EE, part of BT Group, today demonstrated 2.8Gbps download speeds across an end-to-end 5G test network in its UK mobile lab.
The breakthrough test, carried out in partnership with Huawei, linked the fully virtualised 5G core to the 64×64 Massive MIMO active antenna unit broadcasting 5G New Radio to deliver the ground breaking speeds.
The virtualisation of core network technologies for 5G – putting programmable software on commoditised hardware – reduces costs, increases efficiency, and allows for more flexibility in delivering new services.
The latest 5G breakthroughs are on show at the Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum, taking place 15 and 16 November, 2017.
Tom Bennett, EE Director of Network Services & Devices, said:
“We’re using our experience in cutting edge 4G technologies and our dedicated partnership approach to ensure technology leadership in 5G. The network architecture we’ve proven today is a huge step forward, and will drive our ambitious rollout timetable to be first for 5G.”
In order to deliver the consistent 2.8Gbps downlink throughput across the end-to-end 5G architecture, EE linked its fully virtualised 5G core network to 100MHz of 3.5GHz test spectrum via the proof-of-concept Huawei 5G baseband unit. The consistent 2.8Gbps speeds and sub 5ms latency were delivered end-to-end, rather than just across the air interface.
EE’s 5G architecture is aligned to Option 3 of 3GPP Release 15, due to be finalised next month and formally ratified in April 2018. 3GPP Release 15 will be the first official, global standards for how 5G will be built.
The 5G firsts have been achieved by the EE and BT engineering teams working in strategic partnership with Huawei