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EE takes big step in 5G with 2.8Gbit/s data speed

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2017-11-16
BT’s mobile operator EE has demonstrated 2.8Gbit/s download speeds across an end-to-end 5G test network in its UK mobile lab.

EE described this as an important breakthrough test in the work to deploy 5G networks  implementing 64×64 Massive MIMO active antenna unit broadcasting.

Massive MIMO is believed to be crucial for successful deployment of 5G and for supporting the target download speeds.

The 5G firsts have been achieved by the EE and BT engineering teams working in strategic partnership with network supplier Huawei.

Tom Bennett, EE Director of Network Services & Devices, writes:

“We’re using our experience in cutting edge 4G technologies and our dedicated partnership approach to ensure technology leadership in 5G. The network architecture we’ve proven today is a huge step forward, and will drive our ambitious rollout timetable to be first for 5G.”

To achieve a 2.8Gbit/s downlink across the end-to-end 5G architecture, EE linked its fully virtualised 5G core network to 100MHz of 3.5GHz test spectrum via the proof-of-concept Huawei 5G baseband unit.

As a result full data speeds and sub 5ms latency were delivered across full call connections and not just across the air interface.

EE’s 5G architecture is aligned to Option 3 of 3GPP Release 15, due to be finalised next month and formally ratified in April 2018.

The latest 5G breakthroughs are on show at the Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum, taking place 15th and 16th November, 2017.