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EE showcases end-to-end 5G network architecture with 2.8GBPS speeds

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EE today demonstrated 2.8Gbps download speeds across an end-to-end 5G test network in its UK mobile lab.

The breakthrough test, carried out in partnership with Huawei, linked the fully virtualised 5G core to the 64×64 Massive MIMO active antenna unit broadcasting 5G New Radio to deliver the ground breaking speeds.

The latest 5G breakthroughs are on show at the Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum, taking place 15 and 16 November, 2017.

Tom Bennett, EE Director of Network Services & Devices, said:

“We’re using our experience in cutting edge 4G technologies and our dedicated partnership approach to ensure technology leadership in 5G. The network architecture we’ve proven today is a huge step forward, and will drive our ambitious rollout timetable to be first for 5G.”

In order to deliver the consistent 2.8Gbps downlink throughput across the end-to-end 5G architecture, EE linked its fully virtualised 5G core network to 100MHz of 3.5GHz test spectrum via the proof-of-concept Huawei 5G baseband unit. The consistent 2.8Gbps speeds and sub 5ms latency were delivered end-to-end, rather than just across the air interface.

EE’s 5G architecture is aligned to Option 3 of 3GPP Release 15, due to be finalised next month and formally ratified in April 2018.

The 5G firsts have been achieved by the EE and BT engineering teams working in strategic partnership with Huawei.