Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and USCellular announced that the companies achieved a world record on Tuesday. According to a release, the collaborators used the 5G extended-range millimeter Wave (mmWave) solution on a commercial network, achieving over a 6.2-mile range.
The field trial took place in Nebraska, utilizing USCellular’s commercial network, the Qualcomm® Fixed Wireless Access Platform, and Nokia’s AirScale Baseband and 28 GHz band mmWave Radios. The milestone was achieved by measuring different scenarios, distance, throughput, and latency. Downlink speeds reached approximately 1 Gbps, with uplink speeds coming in at about 57 Mbps.
“These results demonstrate what 5G mmWave will bring to consumers, enterprises, and industries…without sacrificing speed or latency…delivering an incredible 5G experience to even more areas,” said Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks, Nokia.
Mike Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer, USCellular, said the trial results reinforce the important role that fast, reliable wireless service plays in keeping people connected no matter where they live or work.
Nokia and Qualcomm claim the test proved the results would enable mobile operators to close the digital divide with 5G by providing fast and cost-effective broadband speeds for communities that lack service. According to Juho Sarvikas, vice president and president, North America, Qualcomm, the collaboration aims to close the ‘connectivity divide’ and expand broadband services to rural, suburban, and urban communities.