A1 Austria, Nokia achieve 1.5 Gbps in Pre-5G Demonstration

  • A1 and Nokia take further development step towards 5G
  • Data transmission exceeding 1.5 Gb/s in the A1 network 
  • High transmission speed through excellent frequency equipment and use of the latest technologies

Together with technology partner Nokia, A1 presented another major evolutionary step on the way to 5G: for the first time, data transmission in Vienna of 1.5 Gigabit / s was achieved in the A1 network.

5-fold carrier aggregation was used for the transmission: A1 frequencies in the ranges 2600 MHz, 1800 MHz, 800 MHz and 2100 MHz were bundled, transmitted by means of a combination of advanced MIMO spatial multiplexing and 256QAM modulation. This allows much higher bandwidths than most LTE networks today.

"A1 has excellent frequency features and is well prepared for the next generation of mobile communications. At 5G, the use of different, as broad as possible frequency bands in terms of transmission capacity is an important topic, "said A1 CEO Marcus Grausam. "Multiple Carrier Aggregation is already being used by A1 at points in Austria. As soon as enough devices support the technology combination, we will continue to roll them out for our customers in urban, high-capacity areas. "

"5G is not coming overnight and it is very important to us to support our customers on the way to the new standard," adds Nokia Austria CEO Peter Wukowits. "We look forward to taking the next steps together with A1, further expanding the transmission speed and network capacity for A1 customers and laying the foundations for 5G in the network architecture."

Until the deployment of the new generation of mobile phones, a number of evolutionary steps are needed to gradually implement more features such as higher bandwidths and technical requirements for 5G. As a result, more and more new services can be introduced, for example in the area of ​​the Internet of Things or for Smart Cities. Completion of the 5G technology standard is expected in 2019, with initial components already approved. Today, it is expected that the first standard-based 5G services will be launched on the market in 2019 as well.

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