A round up of the latest news in 5G development, from record breaking trials in the Middle East to operators' rollout plans.
Etisalat’s Record Breaking 5G Trials
Etisalat claims to have broken the record for 5G internet speeds with a live trial at Gitex 2017 in Dubai. At the technology exhibition, they reached speeds of 71Gbps using 2Ghz of bandwidth and massive MIMO.
Saeed Al Zarouni, Senior Vice President, Mobile Network, Etisalat said, "Today Etisalat's investments in the future will play a key role in bringing growth and innovation to the country also laying the foundation for smart city development. This has given us the lead in the network and we are the first to launch every new technology and service to customers in the telecom industry. Our field test today at GITEX Technology Week is a significant step in validating the performance of 5G in a high-frequency band. 5G technologies and the network will deliver capacity and connectivity along with opportunities for economic growth, education, healthcare, transportation and more."
Deutsche Telekom Test Europe's First 5G Antennas
Europe's largest telecom provider, Deutsche Telekom, tested 5G antennas in the first trial of this technology in a real world setting in Europe. They reported reaching speeds of over 2 gigabits per second and latency of 3 milliseconds.
Claudia Nemat, Member of the Management Board responsible for Technology & Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, said, "We are demonstrating 5G live here, in the middle of Berlin, rather than in a lab. This is a very decisive developmental step on the way to the global launch of 5G, which is planned for 2020. If everything is connected to everything else, customers need a high-performance, reliable and secure network. Industry in particular will benefit from 5G as a powerful enabler for a wide range of applications. We are ready for 5G."
"5G New Radio in Berlin is the first major step towards 5G for everybody," said Deutsche Telekom CTO Bruno Jacobfeuerborn. "As soon as the standard is defined and is available, we will proceed in 2018 to lay the foundation for large-scale build-out. This is how we are driving the technology development in Europe and demonstrate our innovation power.”
Ericsson's 5G Readiness Survey Results
Ericsson released the results of their 5G Readiness Survey. They concluded from the responses of operators globally, that 28% of firms are planning to roll out 5G in 2018. Most respondents said that revenue growth and cost saving are the key drivers in their choice of 5G use cases. The majority also responded that to monetise 5G, operators will need to provide services to industry as well as consumer use cases. Media and entertainment, automotive and public transport were the industry sectors highlighted by operators as key for providing such services but many respondents also saw opportunity in the healthcare and energy sectors.
The UK’s New 5G Fund
£25 million funding is being made available by the UK government to help firms develop 5G, as part of a programme called "5G Testbeds and Trials". This will look at how 5G can be used to meet some of the UK’s social and healthcare challenge.
Digital minister Matt Hancock said, “To stay competitive we must be at the cutting edge of new technology and we are determined to be one of the first countries in the world to use 5G.”
The £25 million is part of the UK’s £740 million National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), designed to boost the UK’s digital infrastructure.