French telecoms provider Orange and equipment vendor Ericsson have achieved peak rates of 10Gbps over wireless technology in trials performed in France, as part of a 5G partnership announced between the two companies in October 2016. Alain Maloberti, senior vice president of Orange Labs Networks, said: ‘The significant increase in throughputs, including on the move, is one of the promises of 5G. These ever-increasing speeds will be needed for new use cases such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, or the needs of business environments.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October last year Orange Group and Ericsson partnered for the development of 5G use cases and service scenarios, including technical alignment and external demonstrations. The duo said that the deal will enable 5G technology building blocks, proof of concepts, and pilots across Europe from 2017 onwards, with use cases including: multi-Gigabit internet access in suburban and rural environments; mission critical IoT supporting the digital transformation of industry and society; and connected cars. The collaboration will also cover 4G to 5G solutions evolution, including energy and cost efficiencies, and use of Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) technologies.