April 18, 2017 —
Finish telecom firm Elisa and Nokia tested next generation technology on the 3.5 GHz band in Rusko, Finland, earlier this month and reported achieved data speeds multiple times higher than current commercial 4G-based networks.
In the test, a 5G-type signal was transmitted on the 3.5 GHz band between a base station and terminal. At their peak, data speeds reached 1.5 Gbps with the lowest latency at 1.5 milliseconds.
“Both values are significantly better than in the current commercial 4G networks and therefore the test results were very encouraging,” said Kalle Lehtinen, Elisa’s Vice President with responsibility for technology and architecture.
The exercise is a continuation of 5G testing carried out last August, in which Elisa and Nokia tested the remote control of robots, 360-degree video streaming, as well as next-generation mobile ultra-broadband.
“We are eagerly waiting for the 3.5 GHz band to become fully available as it will accelerate the offering of commercial 5G services to our customers,” said Lehtinen. “3.5 GHz will be one of the key frequency bands for 5G networks globally. Its bandwidth of up to 400 MHz facilitates fast data speeds, and due to the fairly low frequency it is possible to build comprehensive coverage.” The 3.5 GHz band will become available in Finland at the end of 2018, making it possible for 5G use.