EE first 5G trials hit 2.8Gbps download speeds

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The test show the consistent delivery of download speeds of 2.8Gbps in its mobile lab, it’s a huge step forwards for the 5G in the UK

EE in partnership with Huawei delivered 5G connectivity with consistent download speeds of 2.8Gbps in its UK test labs.

In order to deliver the consistent 2.8Gbps downlink throughout 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.

The fast speeds were achieved through an active antenna unit with 64×64 massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) broadcasting 5G New radio over 3.5GHz test spectrum.

The latest 5G breakthroughs are on show at the Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum in London, which began yesterday and ends today (Nov 16).

Cutting edge

EE director of network services and devices Tom Bennett said: “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 proved today is a huge step forward, and will drive our ambitious rollout timetable to be first for 5G.”

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