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Ericsson 5G Achieves 5Gbps Wireless Connectivity

By CIOReview | Thursday, September 22, 2016

FREMONT, CA: Ericsson, a technology solutions provider for telecom operators, achieves 5Gbps wireless speed in 15GHZ frequency band while demonstrating the company’s 5G pre-standard network technology in live, over-the-air environment. Senior management officials from NTT DOCOMO and SK Telecom also witnessed Ericsson’s fete.

Innovative radio interface concept and advanced Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology is employed into the mechanism resulting in the successful 5Gbps wireless communication. Antennas with wider bandwidths, higher frequencies and shorter transmission time intervals have been incorporated.

For 5G testing trials, baseband units and radio units are being developed in radio base stations. Besides the high-speed, high-capacity backhaul transmission, new frequency bands and small cells in a heterogeneous network environment are also key in developing 5G for Ericsson. The standards for 5G technology is still under development and spectra allocations are yet to be finalized.

5G provides high speed, low latency and enhanced connectivity in denser environments. With these features, 5G is set to be the next generation mobile connectivity solution. With the Mobile Report forecast of a tenfold growth in mobile data traffic between 2013 and 2019 and around fourfold growth in the number of active cellular machine to machine (M2M) devices by 2019, 5G technology is rightly positioned at the technological breakthrough that the global communications world is looking for. 

85 percent of North American mobile subscription will be Long Term Evolution (LTE – a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals) by 2019 says the Mobility Report from Ericsson and it further adds that North America could be the first regions to adopt 5G. Countries such as Japan and South Korea are close on heels in adopting 5G.

"5G promises significant performance enhancements to support future new applications that will impact both users and industry. To proceed with our joint project on 5G field trial further, we are very glad about Ericsson's success in demonstrating the real potential of 5G radio access technologies at this early stage," said Seizo Onoe, EVP-CTO at NTT DOCOMO.

"SK Telecom plans to take the lead in 5G wireless services so we are pleased to see the progress that Ericsson has already made with their live demonstration of 5G performance. 5G will build upon the investment that we have made in Long Term Evolution and expand our service offering to all of our customers," said Alex Jinsung Choi, EVP and Head of ICT R&D Division at SK Telecom.