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Nokia claims to have reached world record in 5G speed

To the Finnish company, this is a milestone in the development of 5G services, an area where it competes with Ericsson and Huawei

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  • 5G speeds reached 4.7 Gbps using Nokia’s commercial 5G software and hardware;
  • The fastest 5G speeds were recorded in a dual connectivity setup.

Nokia announced that it has achieved the world’s fastest 5G speeds in its Over-the-Air (OTA) network in Dallas, Texas. According to a press release, Nokia said it has used 800 MHz of commercial wave 5G spectrum and Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) functionality and achieved 5G speeds of up to 4.7 Gbps in tests performed on base station equipment being deployed in major U.S. carriers’ commercial networks.

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According to the Finnish company, the record speed was achieved by combining eight 100 MHz, providing 800 MHz of bandwidth, and 40 MHz of on Nokia’s AirScale solution. The first one allows devices to connect simultaneously to 5G and LTE networks, transmitting and receiving data across both air-interface technologies.

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EN-DC allows devices to achieve a higher throughput than when connecting to 5G or LTE alone. The speeds were achieved on both 5G cloud-based (vRAN) and classic baseband configurations. Nokia’s AirScale Radio Access is an industry-leading, commercial end-to-end 5G solution enabling operators globally to capitalize on their 5G spectrum assets. It offers huge capacity scaling and market-leading latency and connectivity by enabling all air-interface technologies on the same radio access equipment.

This is a substantial achievement that reflects the careful workings of a brilliant and subtle team with the deepest appreciation for detail and circumstance. In other words, 8-component carrier aggregation in the millimeter wave domain shows the world that there is more than massive MIMO and open RAN to not only truly deliver the promise of commercial 5G, but also pave the way for future Terahertz system

Stéphane Téral, Chief Analyst at LightCounting Market Research

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said that this is an important and significant milestone in the development of 5G services in the U.S, particularly at a time when connectivity and capacity is so crucial. “It demonstrates the confidence operators have in our global end-to-end portfolio and the progress we have made to deliver the best possible 5G experiences to customers. We already supply our mmWave radios to all of the major US carriers and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them moving forward.”