Telecom Italia (TIM) says it has achieved a European record speed of 2Gbps on its live commercial 5G mobile network using 26GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) frequencies. Working with Ericsson and Qualcomm, TIM used the 200MHz block of mmWave spectrum it won in the government’s October 2018 auction, plus 200MHz of frequencies from the ‘Club Use’ band, which has set aside up to 1GHz of spectrum to be shared by the five winning bidders. The telco says mmWave frequencies will be used to provide a fixed alternative ‘ultrabroadband’ service for homes and businesses.
Michele Gamberini, TIM’s Chief Technology and Information Officer, commented: ‘This milestone paves the way for the development of new 5G solutions to grant fixed ultrabroadband to families, companies and public authorities not yet covered. This also includes coverage dedicated to the development of robotics and automation digital services in the smart manufacturing area. All of our customers will therefore be able to take advantage of a wide range of integrated solutions that will allow them to fully enter the Digital Society.’
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that TIM paid a total of EUR2.41 billion (USD2.68 billion) in 2018 for a mix of 5G-capable spectrum in the 700MHz, 3.7GHz and 26GHz bands. It launched its first 5G networks using 3.7GHz frequencies in three cities in June 2019.