Nokia, Elisa, and Qualcomm claim world record 5G speed. These trinity partners attained 8Gbps in combined speeds from two mmWave devices connected at the same time on the Elisa network, a commercial 5G network in Finland.
They achieved the enormously high speed with 5G at Elisa’s flagship store in Helsinki, Finland. Two mmWave test devices (powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G Modern-RF System together with QTM525 mmWave antenna) were connected simultaneously via two Nokia AirScale radio. On top of these, they used two 800MHz blocks of millimeter wave spectrum in the 26GHz band. These made each device hit 4Gbps peak speed from the base station which combined effort results 8Gbps speed.
Originally tweeted by Nokia (@nokia) on November 18, 2020.
They performed the test in a virtual event held in Finland, 17 November, 2020. Sami Komulainen, EVP of Production at Elisa stated the operator plans to build up as well as introduce mmWave 5G service to customers next year in 2021.
Sami Komulainen followed up by saying “the record means of course speed, but more importantly it is the capacity when thinking about customers’ data usage in homes and offices for remote work and learning, as well as entertainment. “So, we need a lot of capacity to fulfill that need where we have customers nowadays.”
Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia further added “The next step is that we will introduce the ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) which is very important for wireless robotics and the autonomous driving case, as well as the extreme machine-type communication (MTC) which is about extreme connectivity of IoT, very large number of objects that can be connected to the network”.
If the true potential of 5G is unlocked then it would be revolutionary. 8Gbps has been achieved now but 5G can go all the way up to 10Gbps, given more frequency bandwidth. Let’s hope in near future we will be able to use 5G with its full ability. Just like we had expected for 4G and 3G to be in the past.
We can achieve phenomenal download speeds and the possibilities of AR/VR equipment that require fast Networks now becomes reality with 5G. This also goes for robots and other Artificial Intelligence stuff. Talking about robots, Elisa helped Helsinki University Hospital deal with COVID-19 via piloting video robots. Tablets controlled the robots which could interact with patients for their feeling.
Tomm Uitto, Nokia President of Mobile Networks said “proves the capability of 5G in mobile broadband. And I’m really happy and proud about the fact that we’re able to get to this level with our standard commercial product that we’re deploying in the Elisa network.”
Currently, Elisa has 2 million people in its 5G coverage area. Elisa has been involved for 5G from the start. Elisa also claims to be the first operator globally to begin commercial use of a 5G Network.
Analysys Mason released a report on 17, November 2020. The report clearly stated with financial support and input from Qualcomm and Ericsson at the use cases level, 5G can largely benefit in Europen GDP impact from smart factories, agriculture as well as fixed wireless access (FWA). This goes for both in suburban areas as well as rural areas.
Ericsson a rival of Nokia also provides 5G gear in Finland. This includes dual-mode 5G core to add support for standalone (SA) 5G. Elisa could even utilize Ericsson 5G RAN equipment for next year, 2021.
Tell us what do you think of the highest speed achievement from Nokia, Qualcomm on Elisa 5G network.