Nokia reached sustained average downlink speeds of over 2 Gbps using mmWave spectrum and 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) over 10.86 kilometres.
Nokia says the “milestone download speed, the fastest recorded worldwide to date,” was achieved at the OuluZone test facility in Oulu, Finland.
The trial used Nokia’s AirScale baseband and AirScale 24 GHz mmWave radio and Nokia 5G customer premises equipment. It involved eight component carriers in the downlink, aggregating 800 MHz of the spectrum, and enabling a top downlink speed of 2.1 Gbps and an uplink speed of 57.2 Mbps.
The results highlight the reach and connectivity speeds 5G mmWave deliver, and pave the way for high-quality internet connectivity over FWA in areas where wired connections aren’t always possible, Nokia said. mmWave solutions “will be an essential building block for operators to efficiently deliver widespread, multi-gigabit 5G broadband coverage to their customer in urban, suburban, and rural areas, complementing sub-6GHz spectrum assets,” said Strategy and Technology Head Ari Kynäslahti.