Ericsson continues to push the boundaries in 5G New Radio data rates, notching up a record speed of 4.3 Gbps downlink on millimeter wave (mmWave) transfer at Ericsson’s lab in Kista, Stockholm.
With a technical specification comprising 8 component carriers (8CC) aggregating 800 MHz of millimeter wave spectrum, Ericsson engineers achieved delivery rates of 4.3 Gbps – the fastest 5G speed to date during interoperability testing using commercial solutions.
Ericsson Radio System Street Macro 6701 delivered data with downlink speeds of 4.3 Gbps 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.
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 said, “This is a fantastic achievement. To put 4.3 Gbps 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.”