Ericsson, Telia complete tests on Europe's 'first' 5G trial system

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James Pearce
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Swedish lab tests saw top speeds of 15Gbps using 15GHz spectrum band

Ericsson and Telia have completed field tests on what they call Europe’s first 5G trial system, hitting speeds of 15Gbps with latency below 3ms.

The Swedish carrier worked with Ericsson to conduct trials in Kista, Sweden, over a live 5G network using 800MHz of spectrum in the 15GHz band.

Telia said the peak speeds were more than 40 times faster than current maximum speeds available on 4G, with city testing set to take place in the Swedish and Estonian capitals of Stockholm and Tallinn in 2018.

Telia head of networks ad IT infrastructure Mats Svärdh said: “This is a great achievement and stepping stone towards taking 5G to our customers in Sweden and Estonia 2018. The standardization and development of 5G has just started. 

“Our knowledge and learnings from testing in a real outdoor environment will be crucial to understand and develop the 5G technology and networks needed to meet our customers’ future requirements on our services in a digitalized society.”

Global deployment of the fifth generation of mobile technology (5G) is not expected until 2020, but Ericsson has been carrying out pre-standard tests with a number of operators. Last month, it saw download speeds of 12Gbps in tests with US operator T-Mobile.

It also announced the world’s first transcontinental 5G test in partnership with T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom back in July.

Ericsson head of region for northern Europe and central Asia Peter Laurin said: “Today marks an important step on our joint 5G roadmap for Sweden and Estonia. Our 5G roadmap will incrementally introduce IoT technologies and 5G concepts that will enhance end user experience and business potential for enterprises and society. 

“Telia and Ericsson offer consumers and businesses to stay ahead with 5G-like services introductions. We are continuously creating new opportunities leveraging the promise of IoT and 5G and we’ll all experience it step by step.”