Vodafone and Ericsson run trial of 5G Mobile tech at 3.5GHz

Friday, December 22nd 2017

Vodafone and Ericcson have joined hands and conducted a pre-standard test of a 5G Mobile technology, which was trialled both outdoors and indoors, in central London, over the 3.5GHz spectrum band. The firms claim to be the first in the UK to conduct live, such a trial of a future 5G tech. The mobile operator Vodafone stressed that up to now, no one in the UK has demonstrated an independently working pre-standard 5G tech, that's not set on an existing 4G network. However, a similar test was already done by EE with Huawei earlier, using the same spectrum band and recorded a consistent 2.8Gbps download speed, delivered through an active antenna equipment with 64x64MIMO and lower than 5ms latency.


Details about the Vodafone-Ericsson trial is sparse. The test was said to have been conducted with the partnership of academics. It was held at King's College,London and involving Massive MIMO tech, beamforming and beam tracking, as well as multi-user MIMO. The Vodafone project intends to aggregate different bands of the mobile spectrum to boost capacity and data speeds. This method has already pushed data speeds to peak at 500Mbps, working on the LTE Advanced tech, over existing 4G+ network. The first commercial deployment of 5G mobile services aren't expected until 2020, provided Ofcom releases the necessary bandwidth on the radiao spectrum and even assuming so, it will take years for widespread deployment.


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