16 Dec 2016
Finnish vendor Nokia and mobile provider Ooredoo Qatar have successfully completed a demonstration of 5G technology, showcasing the platform’s potential for bandwidth-intensive applications and communications that require extremely low latency. The demonstration used Nokia’s ‘5G-ready’ AirScale radio platform, utilising 400MHz of spectrum in the 4500MHz band and Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology with eight receiving antennas and eight transmitting antennas (i.e. 8×8 MIMO) to improve network speed and capacity. The system was reportedly capable of providing broadband speeds of up to 10Gbps, with a reduced latency of just one millisecond. To show off the technology’s capabilities, the duo showcased 360-degree virtual reality streaming of content in ultra high definition without buffering, and had a group of three industrial robots perform a task requiring split-second communication. In a press release, Ooredoo noted that the demonstration highlighted its dedication to launch commercial 5G services in 2020, and to participate in the development of smart cities through Internet of Things (IoT).