Nokia has achieved an average downlink speed of over 2 Gigabits per second (Gbps) over a distance of 10.86 kilometers — utilizing millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum and 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).
This groundbreaking achievement, the fastest ever recorded worldwide, took place at the OuluZone test facility in Oulu, Finland, using Nokia’s 5G extended range mmWave solution.
Nokia used cutting-edge technologies such as AirScale baseband and AirScale 24GHz (n258 band) mmWave radio, along with the Nokia FastMile 5G PoC CPE (customer premises equipment) for test. Nokia said the test involved eight component carriers (8CC) in the downlink, aggregating 800MHz of mmWave spectrum, resulting in an impressive top downlink speed of 2.1 Gbps and an uplink speed of 57.2 Mbps.
This achievement builds upon a previous world record set by Nokia in 2021 and serves as a testament to the potential of 5G mmWave technology. It demonstrates the remarkable reach and connectivity speeds that can be achieved, particularly in areas where wired connections may not be feasible. As a result, it lays the foundation for delivering high-quality internet connectivity solutions through FWA to a wider range of locations.
The Nokia FastMile 5G PoC device used in these tests is currently undergoing trials with major operators worldwide. Its high-gain 360° antenna (27dBi) enables high speeds to be achieved over significant distances. Moreover, the device dynamically adapts to changing conditions, overcoming the deployment challenges associated with mmWave technology.
“This achievement demonstrates that mmWave solutions will play a crucial role in enabling operators to efficiently provide widespread, multi-gigabit 5G broadband coverage to their customers, regardless of whether they reside in urban, suburban, or rural areas,” Ari Kynaslahti, Head of Strategy and Technology at Nokia Mobile Networks, said.