CBN, Ericsson and UNISOC complete 700MHz 5G test

4 Mar 2021

China Broadcasting Network (CBN, also known as China Radio and Television) has successfully completed a 700MHz 5G test, in partnership with vendors Ericson and UNISOC, and claims to have achieved record downlink speeds. According to Ericsson, the trio carried out an interoperability test using the Swedish vendor’s 4×4 MIMO wireless equipment and UNISOC’s commercial customer premise equipment (CPE) to achieve an average cell downlink rate of over 600Mbps, which it claims sets a new record for downlink data rates on commercial 5G systems in the sub-1GHz range.

Commenting on the test, Li Shuang, CBN’s Deputy Director of Department of Technology Development, noted: ‘CBN always extensively cooperates with domestic and international industry partners … promoting continuous maturation of the global industry chain of 5G 700MHz network and is committed to building a high-quality nationwide 5G network in China. The successful test by Ericsson based on the 3GPP 5G standards contributed by CBN, including the 700MHz technology standard and n28 band terminal enhancements standard, has improved the 700MHz network capability efficiently, which is of great significance to the innovation of low-band 5G networks in various scenarios.’