Mobily uses Ericsson's spectrum sharing tech to trial 5G in 800MHz/1800MHz bands

24 Sep 2020

Saudi Arabian telco Mobily has trialled 5G technology in the 800MHz/1800MHz bands using Ericsson’s spectrum sharing technology. The trial showed 5G capabilities in a real-world environment over a live network, including tests of speed and latency. Ericsson said that its spectrum sharing technology allows both 4G and 5G technologies to be deployed in the same band and on the same radio through a software upgrade and will ‘instantly’ allocate spectrum between the two mobile technologies, based on user demand, on a one-millisecond basis. The solution will allow Mobily to efficiently manage 4G and 5G traffic in its network. Alaa Malki, CTO at Mobily, said: ‘With Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, Mobily can improve 5G mid-band coverage while maintaining the 4G customer experience. Given that, this is one of the strategic steps for Mobily toward 5G standalone deployment using the same spectrum and radio assets we utilize for 4G.’

Saudi Arabia, Ericsson, Mobily (Etihad Etisalat)