SK Telecom achieves 19.1 Gbps transmission speed in 5G trial

Marc Rouanne, executive vice president, Mobile Broadband, Nokia Networks
SK Telecom has achieved 19.1 Gbps transmission speed over the air using Nokia Networks’ cmWave technology in a joint 5G trial in South Korea.

The telecom network operator used 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), 8×8 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) transmission and 400 MHz of bandwidth showcasing the speed of 5G mobile technologies.

Alex Jinsung Choi, chief technology officer of SK Telecom, said: “The 19.1Gbps transmission speed we achieved almost meets one of the key capabilities of 5G defined by the ITU-R.”

This is the world’s first demonstration of the cmWave technology.

ITU vision on 5G

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on Thursday set up a vision for the development of 5G mobile, in a bid to provide lightning speed, omnipresent, ultra-reliable mobile communications in the short future.

The IMT-2020 vision, endorsed by a resolution in ITU’s Radiocommunication Assembly, established overall vision for 5G systems, along with the goals, process and timeline for its development, is now in place.

The detailed technical performance requirements for the radio systems to support 5G will be developed, in close collaboration with industry and national and regional standards organizations, following the stringent timelines defined by ITU.

“The new ITU-R Resolution sets the stage for the future development of 5G mobile technologies,” said ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao.

5G events

Meanwhile, 4G Americas, the Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF) (Japan), 5G Forum (Republic of Korea), IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group (China) and The 5G Infrastructure Association – Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) (Europe), entered into an MoU in order to promote 5G globally as it approaches 2020.

The parties will jointly organize two Global 5G Events per year in the coming years. They will host Global 5G Events on a rotating basis between the signing associations during each half of the year on a different continent between the Americas, Asia and Europe.

IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group will conduct the 5G event in Asia in the first half of 2016, while The 5G Infrastructure Association will organize the conference in Europe in the second half of 2016.

Werner Mohr, chair of the Board, 5G PPP; Chris Pearson, president of 4G Americas; Hyung Hee Lee, chair of 5G Forum; Kohei Satoh, secretary general of 5GMF; and CAO Shumin, chair of IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group are driving the 5G initiatives.

Baburajan K
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