October 18, 2016 — Telia, a mobile network in Sweden, and Ericsson have conducted outdoor tests of a trial system with the goal of rolling out a high-speed, low-latency system in Stockholm, Sweden, and Tallinn, Estonia, in 2018.
The trial in Kista, Sweden, used 800 megahertz of spectrum in the 15 GHz band. During the test peak rates of 15 gigabits per user, more than 40 times faster than 4G speeds, and a latency below 3 milliseconds were achieved.
While major deployment of 5G networks is not expected until 2020, development of pre-commercial products, testing and spectrum is ongoing. Telia Company and Ericsson’s partnership is conducting these trials to help drive the future global standards, according to Peter Laurin, head of region northern Europe & central Asia, Ericsson.
“Today marks an important step on our joint 5G roadmap for Sweden and Estonia. Our 5G roadmap will incrementally introduce IoT technologies and 5G concepts that will enhance end user experience and business potential for enterprises and society. Telia and Ericsson offer consumers and businesses to stay ahead with 5G-like services introductions. We are continuously creating new opportunities leveraging the promise of IoT and 5G and we’ll all experience it step by step,” Laurin said.