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​Huawei, Vodafone hit 20Gbps in 5G e-band outdoor field test

Huawei and Vodafone have completed the world's first 5G outdoor field test using e-band spectrum, believing it will be able to support AR, VR, and smart car applications.
Written by Aimee Chanthadavong, Contributor

Huawei and Vodafone have successfully reached 20Gbps peak rate following the completion of a 5G e-band outdoor field test at Vodafone Emerald House in Newbury, United Kingdom.

According to Huawei, the test covered a single-user multiple input multiple output (SU-MIMO) with a strong reflection path to reach 20Gbps user equipment (UE) peak rate, and multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) for long-range UE to reach 10Gbps peak rate.

Huawei has claimed it is world's first 5G outdoor field test using e-band to reach 20Gbps peak rate for a single user device with high spectrum efficiency, believing it can enable new applications and act as self-backhaul for 5G mobile service traffic, particularly due to soaring mobile broadband communications traffic and the emergence of 5G network.

"5G will introduce full spectrum access to support AR, VR, smart automobile, and other unknown new services," rotating Huawei CEO Eric Xu said.

"The joint trial of 5G mmWave connectivity in a real world radio propagation environment and co-existence of different radio links is encouraging. I highly value the cooperation with Vodafone, and believe we will achieve more progress in 5G, together with Vodafone and other industry partners."

Huawei added that the test will contribute to the study of spectrum above 6GHZ for 5G mobile broadband.

"This field test in an outdoor environment is a significant step in validating the performance of 5G in high frequency bands, improving our understanding of the capabilities of the technology," said Vodafone Group CTO Johan Wibergh.

The announcement builds on the 10-year partnership of Huawei and Vodafone, which has tackled various network technologies.

Most recently, the pair completed the trial of narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology across Melbourne. It was carried out over a number of live sites in suburban and central Melbourne. Vodafone Australia and Huawei will continue carrying out trials over the coming months across Australia.

In April, the two companies opened a lab in Newbury dedicated to the development of narrowband Internet of Things applications and technology. The lab is expected to be one of seven labs the Chinese technology giant plans to open across the globe.

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