Oi notches gigabit speeds in latest 5G trial

31 Jul 2019

Brazilian telecoms operator Oi has achieved downlink transmission speeds of 1,029Mbps in a 5G demonstration using the Huawei Mate 20 X – a device currently unavailable in the country. The trial – which took place last week at Game XP 2019, at the Parque Olimpico in Rio de Janeiro – was witnessed by PC World Brasil. Mauro Fukuda, Oi’s director of network technologies, told the tech site: ‘There are quite complex speed, latency and availability requirements to meet. We have reduced the layers, and thus the number of hops you need for the network to function, so you can decrease latency … What we have done so far is a pilot. We have a network strategy partnership with Huawei to expand our networks. However, within 5G, nothing has been agreed. We will wait for the post-auction period to define these details.’

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in March this year Oi staged its first 5G test in Buzios, a resort town in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The trial, which was carried out in conjunction with Chinese vendor Huawei, utilised a 100MHz block of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band.

Brazil, Huawei Technologies, Oi