Movistar Colombia, Ericsson achieve 27 Gbps in 5G mmWave test

  • In tests carried out in the facilities of Ericsson, it was possible to reach the record in data transfer of 27 Gb per second. 
  • It is the first test in Colombia carried out with 5G radios, which will be commercially available at the end of the year. 
  • Both companies used the Ericsson 5G Test Bench in millimeter band (mmWave) in the 28 GHz frequency, which supports the advanced functions of 5G technology. 

Bogotá, July 17, 2018 -. Telefónica and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) carried out a demonstration of 5G technology in Colombia, which managed to reach a record speed in data transfer of more than 27 Gbps, the highest that has been achieved in a test in the country. 

The technological milestone constitutes a relevant advance, which will allow testing the capabilities of 5G technology in an active network to telecommunications operators and other ecosystem partners, such as academic institutions, health professionals, energy, agriculture and industry representatives. The test, which took place at Ericsson's facilities in Bogotá, used the 5G Millimeter Band Test Bench (mmWave) at 28 GHz. 

The solution presented considered base stations and prototype devices to show advanced 5G technologies. This, together with a data rate of the order of the multi-gigabit and with an ultra low latency, represent requirements that will be key for future cases of use of mobile broadband and industrial use. 

"In the same way that we were pioneers in deploying the 4.5G network in Colombia, we want - together with Ericsson - to test the benefits of a new generation in mobile networks such as 5G, which will allow our customers in the future to experience data downloads, real-time applications, virtual reality games, real-time interaction of services that use the cloud and greater development in massive IoT, at ultra high speeds, which until recently we thought impossible, "said Fabián Hernández, CEO President of Telefónica in Colombia. 

Andres Quintero, General Manager of Ericsson Colombia, said that "the test we do in Colombia is very relevant for what comes with the 5G technology. This technological leap will open opportunities that it is not yet possible to fully dimension. Customers will be able to enjoy new applications, such as augmented reality and 4K video streaming, and industries will benefit from innovative applications of the Internet of Things (IoT), such as intelligent transport and remote medical assistance, which will create big opportunities. We hope that 5G technology will be launched on the market in 2019 worldwide, and this test is another step to prepare Colombia for the next generation of mobile technology. " 

As with previous mobile access technologies, 5G is expected to be first implemented in dense urban areas with improved mobile broadband and fixed wireless access, which will be the first commercial uses. Other implementations will take place in industries such as automotive, manufacturing, public services and health. 
Ericsson leads the 5G innovations worldwide and was the first to launch a combined radio and core for 5G use cases, accelerating the day to 5G with today's networks. 

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