Singaporean operator M1 Limited (M1), working in partnership with China’s Huawei, has announced that its latest 5G trial at the former’s operations centre in Jurong achieved peak throughput of 35Gbps – the highest data speeds yet seen in Singapore for the new generation technology. Light Reading reports that the tests form part of the Chinese firm’s long term commitment to realise a full-blown 5G network by 2020. The trials utilised millimeter wave (mmWave) and was conducted over the 73GHz band at E-band to ‘validate the performance of 5G in high frequency bands and open a new landscape for the standardisation of 5G high-frequency technologies in Singapore’.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in January 2016 M1 and Huawei successfully demonstrated download speeds in excess of 1Gbps and peak uploads of over 130Mbps in a LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) laboratory test. That trial was carried out on a prototype Cat 14 device, involving the integration of four advanced mobile carrier technologies: tri-band carrier aggregation (3C), multiple-input multiple-output (4×4 MIMO), higher order modulation 256 (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation, or QAM) and dual-band uplink carrier aggregation (CA).