Finnish vendor Nokia, working in partnership with local mobile network operator (MNO) Elisa and US-based Qualcomm Technologies, claims to have achieved the world’s fastest 5G speeds on a commercial network. Announcing the development in a press release the vendor said that it had delivered a downlink speed of 8Gbps in Finland, for the first time serving two 5G mmWave devices connected simultaneously.
With the speed having been showcased at Elisa’s flagship store in Helsinki, Nokia said the milestone had been achieved by utilising its 5G mmWave technology and Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G smartphone form factor test devices over its live network. The base station involved in the development utilised two Nokia AirScale radios, each using 800MHz of commercial millimetre wave 5G spectrum at 26GHz. These provided connectivity to two 5G smartphone form factor test devices powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System featuring second-generation Qualcomm QTM525 mmWave antenna modules, with each device reaching 4Gbps peak speeds from the base station.
According to Nokia, the ability to deliver this higher speed will support a range of new low-latency, high-bandwidth services, such as high-speed video downloads, mission-critical or virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications and a commercial introduction is expected in 2021.
Commenting on the matter, Sami Komulainen, Executive Vice President, Production at Elisa, said: ‘This is an important development and another step in our efforts to bring the fastest speeds and best 5G experiences to our customers. Elisa was the first in Finland and amongst the first in the world to deploy 5G. Reaching 8Gbps is a natural step in our 5G development and we want to explore the possibilities 5G offers and push the technology further to benefit our customers.’