The year 2017 proved to be a good one for 5G trials, with operators around the world, pulling out all stops for the swift commercial rollout of 5G. For instance, Orange, a Spanish operator, along with global giant Ericsson, carried out a 5G trial in outdoors in Spain, in which speeds of 12 Gbps to 17 Gbps at street level were reached.
Most recently, Ericsson and TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile), accomplished speeds of over 20 Gbps in a live 5G demonstration at the Polytechnic University in the city of Turin in Italy.
Experiment Accomplished Speeds of 23.4 Gbps
The demonstration by TIM and Ericsson was carried out on 28 GHz band of frequency. It brought about 23.4 Gbps download speed, which is the maximum connectivity to date leveraging 5G in an urban setting. The demonstration leveraged 5G to test the potential of a new virtual reality technology in which scientists with VR headsets and sensors were taken on a virtual, immersive trip of Piazza Carlo Alberto in Turin.
Incidentally, the city of Turin is one of frontrunners in Europe to boast of a new generation mobile network. The demonstration of 5G is the result of the MoU signed in the first half of 2017 between TIM and the municipal authority of the Italian city to conduct “Turin 5G” project, which intends to gradually cover the city with the futuristic mobile network by 2020.
TIM and Ericsson, in collaboration with Turin, are pushing ahead with their program “5G for Italy” – something they embarked upon last year. This program has served to create an open ecosystem to shape unique services and projects powered by the fifth-generation network.