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

Some examples of 5G commercial networks and their official performances

The number of alive 5G networks increased significantly in Europe and outside Europe since the beginning of 2019. At the end of 2019, 5G commercial services had been deployed in 10 EU countries. Here bellow some of the commercial 5G services and their official performances.

Finland

Telia sells two 5G mobile price plans under the “Rajaton” series. These unlimited price plans are mostly structured by guaranteed speeds.

  • The “Rajaton 5G 1000M” or “Telia Unlimited 1000M” premium plan is charged at 49.90 EUR per month. It offers speeds of 1 Gbps and unlimited data in Finland, Nordic and Baltic countries. In EU and EEE countries, data consumption is limited to 25 GB/month.
  • The “Rajaton 5G 450M” or “Telia Unlimited 450M” mid-range plan is charged at 39.90 EUR per month (44.90 EUR/month after 12 months). It proposes speeds of 450 Mbps and unlimited data in Finland, Nordic and Baltic countries. In EU and EEE countries, data consumption is limited to 21 GB/month.

Telia Connection is the home broadband price plan. It is charged at 44.90 EUR/month. It offers speeds of 1 Gbps and unlimited data. In EU and EEE countries, data consumption is limited to 21 GB/month.

Italy

Telecom Italia launched its 5G service on June 24th, 2019 in parts of Rome and Turin. TIM offers three new dedicated 5G-ready plans of which 2 are marketed as true 5G. TIM Advance 4.5G offers speeds of up to 700 Mbps and costs EUR 19.99 per month and comes with unlimited calls and SMS plus 40 GB of data at speeds of up to 700 Mbps.

By contrast, TIM Advance 5G is a true 5G plan. It costs EUR 29.99 per month and comes with unlimited calls and SMS plus 50 GB
of data at speeds of up to 2Gbps. Finally, TIM Advance 5G Top plan costs EUR 49.99 for unlimited calls and SMS plus 100 GB of data at speeds of up to 2 Gbps.


Spain

Vodafone Spain launched its commercial 5G services at 3.7 GHz in 15 cities on June 15 with initial speeds of up to 1 Gbps (and 2 Gbps at YE2019).

Latest News in Europe

HT launches 5G in Croatia

Hrvatski Telekom (HT) switched on Croatia’s first commercial 5G network

Completion of the Czech 5G auction in the 700 MHz and 3.4-3.6 GHz spectrum bands

The regulator stated five groups won spectrum, paying a total of 5.6 billion crowns (211 million EUR)

Telenor launches Sweden’s fourth 5G network

2.3GHz and 3.5GHz auction will begin on November 10

Vivacom launches first 5G network in Bulgaria

5G coverage is available in the central urban areas of all 27 biggest cities in the country

Telefonica 5G launch in Germany

Telefonica became Germany’s third mobile network operator to introduce 5G services

5G launches in Czech Republic

Vodafone Czech Republic announced in early October 2020 the launch of its NSA 5G network

Three Ireland 5G launch

Three joins Vodafone and Eir in offering 5G services to customers

3.4-3.8 GHz auction completed in France

Bids reached a total of 2.8 billion EUR

Multi-band 700/1500/2100 MHz auction completed in Austria

The second 5G auction in Austria was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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