Nokia has today announced that it has achieved a record during a trial with Turk Telekom in the Turkish capital city, Ankara. The trial saw Nokia reach 5G speed of over 4.5 Gbps, not the fastest speeds ever recorded, but the fastest on 5G New Radio (5GNR) only, utilizing Nokia’s AirScale 5G RAN solution on 26 GHz mmWave spectrum, 800 MHz bandwidth and a single user device.
The trial, which will be used by Turk Telekom to test the scope of 5G connectivity and speed, saw Nokia’s AirScale Base Station connected with a mobile device to transfer data across Turk Telekom’s 26Ghz mmWave spectrum at a peak speed of 4.5 Gbps.
With this successful test, Turk Telekom is effectively demonstrating how a 5G rollout can improve service quality and download speeds for consumers, in addition to supporting enterprise and business 5G use cases.
Paving the way for Terahertz systems
“During the trial we solely used mmWave spectrum over the 5G test network which reached record speeds above 4.5 Gbps. Thanks to this technology, which provides numerous benefits for users and operators, we achieved the high speeds and large capacity targets promised by 5G. These technologies also act as a bridge to develop and pave the way for "Terahertz" systems that provide ultra-high speed and capacity, which are planned to be used in 6G, said Yusuf Kıraç, Chief Technology Officer at Turk Telekom.
Thanks to the trial, Turk Telekom now know the high speeds they can achieve, that will enable more high-bandwidth and latency-sensitive enterprise services, such as remotely controlled devices for industrial needs or mission-critical applications. The operator’s 5G networks will now also allow customers to enjoy VR/AR experiences, exceptional download speeds, as well as enabling enhanced capacity fixed wireless access connectivity.
Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “Despite the launch of commercial 5G networks in many countries, 5G trials still play an important role in the development of faster and better networks. This record speed, achieved together with our long-term partner, shows that we are constantly refining and improving how we build and manage 5G networks, and this is in no small part thanks to the nearly 200 5G trials, live operator networks and private wireless deployments we have delivered globally.”