Ericsson claims breakthrough with mmWave 5 Gbps. Huawei did 20 Gbps in 2017

I – and thousands of others – saw a live, 48 hour Huawei demonstration of 20 Gbps in 2017 at a Tokyo event. That was the standard set by ITU’s Focus Group 2020 for what is usually called 5G. That goal was set in 2010 based on what the engineers were able to demonstrate in the lab.

“Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm first in the world to achieve 5G peak speed of 5.06 Gbps” is a misleading headline. It’s what I call a politician’s truth. (Below or https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-ericsson-qualcomm-5g-peak-speed.)

Although the performance is not new, the lab demo had some interesting features. It combined 800 MHz of 28 GHz spectrum with 2 bands of 20 MHz running LTE using PDCP aggregation. 5G is often slower than 4G, including on 99% of Verizon’s network, because 2, 3, and 4 bands are easily combined in LTE.

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