Elisa sets 5G mmWave spectrum speed record in Finland on commercial net

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The combined speeds of two devices hit 8Gbps on a commercial 5G network on mmWave spectrum using tech from Nokia and Qualcomm.

Nokia, Elisa and Qualcomm Technologies said they have achieved the world’s fastest 5G speeds on a commercial network in Finland by delivering 8Gbps for the first time serving two 5G mmWave devices connected simultaneously.

The  speed, which was showcased at Elisa’s flagship store in Helsinki, Finland, will support new low-latency, high-bandwidth services, like high-speed video downloads, mission-critical or virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications. The service is expected to be implemented in 2021.
 
The milestone was achieved by utilizing Nokia’s 5G mmWave technology and Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G smartphone-type test devices over Elisa’s commercial 5G network.

The high speed enables more high-bandwidth and latency-sensitive enterprise services, such as remotely controlled devices for industrial needs or mission-critical applications.

Virtual experiences at the ball game

The solution will also support VR/AR experiences offered to audiences in massive stadium concerts, downloading 4K video content or triple-A games in a matter of seconds, as well as enabling fixed wireless access connectivity as an alternative to fibre ebroadband.

The move supports Elisa’s pioneering efforts to digitize Finnish society as a global leader in 5G services.
 
The base station used two Nokia AirScale radios, each using 800 MHz of commercial millimeter wave 5G spectrum at 26 GHz. 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 4 Gbps peak speeds from the base station.

World first

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.”