SFR achieves 1.6Gbps speeds in a 5G trial

24 May 2018

French telecoms operator SFR (Altice France) claims to be ‘the first operator in the country’ to conduct a 5G New Radio (NR) experiment in a real-life situation at its lab in Velizy. The company achieved peak bitrate of 1.6Gbps via a pre-commercial terminal using frequencies in the 3.5GHz band. The 5G active antenna uses Massive MIMO technology and is composed of 64 transmitters and 64 receivers. The radio infrastructure and the terminal were provided by Huawei. SFR is preparing to deploy 5G in a number of cities in 2019, before a commercial launch in 2020. Christophe Delaye, Executive Vice President of Networks and Information Systems at SFR, said: ‘With this new 5G test, SFR has taken a major step in preparing its network for future 5G commercial deployments and confirms its position at the forefront of innovation. Thanks to 5G, SFR will benefit from the ultra-high speed and low latency that will transform the mobile experience of its subscribers and propose new ways of broadcasting our media content.’

France, Altice France (SFR), Huawei Technologies