5G is tested all over the world. Every operator is interested in a new technology that continues the revolution started by LTE. Among them is also an international group of MTN, which also provides its services in South Africa. This is where Huawei and MTM launched the 5G test network in the 28 GHz mmWave band.
Huawei has a problem with entering the US market, but it has a good reputation among operators from Europe and Asia. Therefore, the Chinese have no problems with conducting 5G tests around the world. So far, the most information about Huawei 5G base stations has been devoted to solutions for the 3.6 GHz – 3.8 GHz band. It is on these frequencies that one of the first generation networks launched by the German branch of T-Mobile operates. However, only the millimetre band (5G mmWave) will allow the new technology to spread the wings and get ultra fast speeds for many devices working in parallel. This is precisely the frequency of 28 GHz, which was used by Huawei and the African operator.
Huawei and MTN reached a speed of 520 Mbps in 100 MHz bandwith
During the tests, the Huawei system awaiting commercialization was used, which was presented at this year’s MWC 2018 in Barcelona. It consists, among others, of the CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) subscriber’s device, which has a 5G modem integrated with the antenna. Inside, it has a Balong 5G01 chipset that can download data up to 2.3 Gbps. However, it is the maximum speed to which a wide bandwidth and ideal radio conditions are needed. However, the tests were conducted in real conditions (i.e. at The Fields shopping centre located in the capital of South Africa). The 5G base station was connected to the commercially available backbone network with access to the Internet. Therefore, this result can be considered good. I am counting on 5G to offer this speed range on a daily basis, and operators will implement new technology quickly and efficiently.
Source: RCR Wireless