Ericsson has partnered with Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo to run a live 5G mobile broadband trial. The two companies recorded speeds of 5.8Gb during demos in the 15GHz spectrum band.
The speeds are especially suited to heavily populated cities, where multiple base stations provide fast data to people located in a small area. Ericsson and NTT DoCoMo announced a partnership agreement in May with the aim of delivering mobile broadband speeds of up to 10Gb.
The demo was witnessed by representatives of Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and South Korea’s SK Telecom at an Ericsson lab in Kista, Sweden.
Seizo Onoe, Chief Technology Officer at NTT DoCoMo, said 5G promises significant performance enhancements to support future new applications. '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,' he said.
Alex Jinsung Choi, executive vice president and head of ICT R&D division at SK Telecom, said, '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.'
Mobile phone companies such as Samsung and Huawei are also investing in research and development of 5G standard.