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M1 touches speeds of 35Gbps during 5G trial with Chinese giant Huawei

Singapore’s one of the major telecoms M1 has attained a speed of 35Gbps during a 5G network technology in collaboration with Chinese tech giant Huawei. The trial was a part of Huawei’s long-term commitment to the successful deployment of 5G network by the year 2020.

Conducted at M1’s main operating center in Jurong, the demonstration used millimeter wave (mmWave), conducting over the 73GHz band at E-band. The trial validates the performance of 5G in high-frequency bands and opens a new landscape for the standardization of 5G high-frequency technologies in Singapore.

Various candidate 5G technologies and standards are undergoing aggressive trials globally, which are overseen by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards body. The 3GPP is expected to finalize 5G technology standards for global adoption and deployment by 2020.

5G technology will allow users to download a 1080p movie in seconds, supporting a plethora of low-latency connections critical to driving the next wave of virtual/augmented reality and Internet-of-Things applications such as autonomous driving.

A high broadband, ultra low-latency 5G network is prominent to power smart applications that will fundamentally transform lives of Singaporeans in a ‘Smart Nation’. Huawei had set up its research into 5G since its deployment of the world’s first commercial LTE network in 2009 and since then has been continuously investing in research on a high-frequency channel for mainstream application scenarios. Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1 says,

Singapore’s mobile networks are widely acknowledged as amongst the most advanced worldwide, and M1 is committed to staying at the forefront of 5G technology to ensure our consumers enjoy the best experience and latest smart applications.

M1 and Huawei have been working together to improve 4G speeds for over a year; in January last year, they reached 1Gbps download/130Mbps upload speeds across M1’s 4G mobile network using a CAT14 Huawei device for the trial.

The trial was made possible through the innovative integration of four advanced network technologies: 3CC (three component carrier) aggregation, 4×4 MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output), Higher Order Modulation 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) and 2CC uplink carrier aggregation.

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