Chinese vendor Huawei and Britain’s Vodafone Group have announced the completion of a 5G mmWave field test at Vodafone Emerald House in Newbury, UK. In a press release confirming the development, the companies claimed this was the world’s first 5G outdoor field test at E-Band reaching 20Gbps peak rate for a single user device with high spectrum efficiency. Calling the development a ‘key milestone’ following the signing of a strategic MoU on 5G technologies last year and a 5G Acceleration MoU this month, the companies confirmed that the test covered ‘SU-MIMO (Single User Multiple Input Multiple Output) with a strong reflection path to reach 20Gbps UE peak rate, and MU-MIMO (Multi User Multiple Input Multiple Output) for long-range UE to reach 10Gbps peak rate’.
Commenting on the technology trial, Johan Wibergh, Vodafone Group’s chief technology officer, was cited as saying: ‘This field test in an outdoor environment is a significant step in validating the performance of 5G in high frequency bands, improving our understanding of the capabilities of the technology.’ Eric Xu, Rotating CEO of Huawei, added: ‘The joint trial of 5G mmWave connectivity in a real world radio propagation environment and co-existence of different radio links is encouraging. I highly value the cooperation with Vodafone, and believe we will achieve more progress in 5G, together with Vodafone and other industry partners.’