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Nokia and U.S. Cellular test 5G technologies for fixed wireless

October 12, 2016  

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Nokia and U.S. Cellular said today they have collaborated to test 5G in North America and demonstrate 5G fixed wireless in both indoor and outdoor environments. As a result, the companies added they have proved how a next-generation network can provide faster speeds and lower latency for U.S. Cellular’s customers.

The 5G testing used 28GHz spectrum through an experimental license from the FCC and Nokia’s 5G-ready AirScale radio platform to stream six simultaneous 4K ultra high-definition videos. For the outdoor testing, which was conducted at U.S. Cellular’s technology center in Schaumburg, Ill., the team set up a point-to-point, clear line of sight scenario between a base station and user equipment.

“To test the impact of a real world environment, impairments such as dry wall, windows and metal panels were introduced, and testing was repeated by moving the base station and user equipment behind trees and foliage,” the two companies said in a release.

“The indoor testing was done in U.S. Cellular’s lab. In both environments, the tests delivered speeds of 5Gbps and ultra-low latency under 2 milliseconds (ms) over the 5G wireless link.”

Nokia and U.S. Cellular plan further network testing and collaboration towards the development of 5G standards.”

According to Nokia, the future of mobile communications is likely to be very different to that which we are used to today.

“While demand for mobile broadband will continue to increase, largely driven by ultra-high definition video and better screens, we are already seeing the growing impact of the human possibilities of technology as the things around us become ever more connected.

“Every industry will be affected by 5G. Network speeds as high as 10Gbps and with extremely low latency are a driving force for new applications that use massive broadband capabilities. 5G will be the platform enabling growth in many industries, ranging from the IT industry to the car, entertainment, agriculture and manufacturing industries.”

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