5G performance

Technical 5G performance requirements set by the ITU-R in its ITU-R M.2410-0 report released in November 2017

  • The minimum requirements for downlink peak data rate: 20 Gbps
  • The minimum requirements for uplink peak data rate: 10 Gbps
  • Target downlink “user experienced data rate”: 100 Mbps
  • Target uplink “user experienced data rate”: 50 Mbps
  • Downlink peak spectral efficiency is 30 bps/Hz
  • Uplink peak spectral efficiency: 15 bps/Hz
  • Minimum requirement for user plane latency for eMBB: 4ms
  • Minimum requirement for user plane latency for uRLLC: 1ms
  • Minimum requirement for control plane latency: 20ms
  • A lower control plane latency of around 10 ms is encouraged though
  • Minimum requirement for connection density: 1 million devices per km2.
  • Requirement for bandwidth: at least 100 MHz
  • Bandwidths up to 1 GHz are required for higher frequencies (above 6 GHz)
  • Four classes of mobility defined:
    • Stationary: 0 km/h
    • Pedestrian: 0km/h to 10 km/h
    • Vehicular: 10km/h to 120 km/h
    • High-speed vehicular: 120 km/h to 500 km/h

Commercial 5G networks

  • Verizon Wireless (10/2018): average downlink speed of 300 Mbps (and depending on location up to 1 Gbps) without any data caps

Latest News in Europe

ANFr authorises 5G trials at 273 sites

The French Frequency Agency approved 65 additional trial 5G sites

5G tests in the Netherlands

T-Mobile tests in The Hague, VodafoneZiggo in Maastricht

Significant shift in UK spectrum policy

OFCOM will release spectrum in both shared and licensed spectrum, already paid for by mobile operators

A two-part assignment procedure of the French 3.5 GHz frequencies

ARCEP revealed its plan for assigning spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band.

Vodafone expands its 5G coverage in the UK

Vodafone UK announced coverage in eight new cities in mid-of July 2019

Vodafone switched on 5G network in Germany

25 antenna sites switched on in 20 towns and cities including Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Dortmund and Munich.

Vodafone launches 5G plans in UK with unlimited 5G data

Vodafone has become the second UK mobile operator to turn on its 5G network after EE commercial launch in May 30.

TIM launches 5G services in parts of Rome and Turin with new 5G plans

Telecom Italia (TIM) launched commercial 5G services in Italy after the activation of its 5G network in parts of Rome and Turin on June 24

Vodafone Spain launched 5G in 15 cities

The network was switched on in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, Zaragoza, Bilbao, Vitoria, San Sebastian, La Coruna, Vigo, Gijon, Pamplona, Logrono and Santander

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