A1 Telekom Austria, Nokia 5G trial achieves speeds of 1.4 Gbps

  • A1 demonstrates the 5th mobile generation in the A1 Technology Center
  • Data transmission of more than 1.4 Gigabit / s with minimal latency
  • 5G radio cell shows the future of mobile communication

With the live deployment of a 5G base station, A1 demonstrated today the potential of the fifth mobile technology. For the 5G Trial, which was carried out under real conditions together with technology partner Nokia in the A1 technology center, A1 used for the first time in Austria a complete 5G network consisting of a 5G radio cell and a 5G core. The test achieved transmission speeds in excess of 1.4 Gbps and measured latencies below 4 milliseconds.

A1 CEO Marcus Grausam on the 5G demonstration in the A1 Technology Center: "With the radio cell demonstrated today, we achieved true 5G throughput and latency under real conditions for the first time. 5G brings previously unimaginable applications within reach: Automated driving, digital medicine and smart factories are examples of how mobile device networking will shape our daily lives. This will make the new mobile generation the engine of the entire economy. " 

The base station used for the demonstration is based on already commercially available hardware connected to MIMO active antennas. As one of the key drivers of 5G technology, Massive MIMO introduces a new, advanced concept that supports the formation of 3D radio fields, significantly increasing throughput, network capacity and coverage.

Marc Rouanne, Head of Nokia's Mobile Communications business: "We are pleased to be making an important contribution to A1's speedy introduction of 5G in Austria. Together with A1, we presented 5G in Austria in a real-world setting for the first time. "" We were able to gain important experience with frequencies that have not been used in mobile radio to date, which will play an important role for 5G, "added Peter Wukowits, Austria's CEO Nokia.

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 bandwidth, lower latency, and 5G technical requirements. The completion of the 5G technology standard is expected in 2019, the first components have already been approved. It is expected that the first standard-based 5G services will be introduced to the market in 2019 as well.

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