The Finnish telecommunications giant, Nokia Oyj (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) and KDDI, a leading wireless operator in Japan have partnered in conducting a trial to simulate future network demands of the 5G wireless technology. This trial was carried out using radio technology from Nokia on a 28GHz band that was deployed to provide high-speed 1Gbps connectivity.
Conducted between an apartment that was around 100 meters away from a KDDI Research building, speeds of over 1Gbps were achieved on 28GHz band. This demonstrated how the 5G wireless technology can be made use of in residential areas to fulfil wireless ultra-broadband demands of residents living in big cities like Tokyo in Japan – easily the most densely populated urban area on the planet.
Memorandum of Understanding
The trial was carried out in the Saitama Prefecture in Fujimino City and was the first collaboration in 5G testing between KDDI and Nokia after the two companies signed an MOU in 2016 to build new faster wireless technologies for the future. According to the Memorandum of Understanding between the two companies, there will be more tests being carried out by the two in the future.
“This trial is an important milestone both in our collaboration with KDDI and in our development of technology to meet the ever-growing demands of the large populations of megacities,” Nokia Japan’s head, Jae Won, said.
Some of the proprietary technology that was used in the testing included the AirScale Base Station. Nokia AirFrame, which is a commercial platform that allows streaming data to be transmitted, was also used.
Besides Nokia, another telecommunication gear company that has been conducting 5G trials is Ericsson. In preparation for next year’s Winter Games that will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, Ericsson has been building, testing and optimizing a 5G network alongside partners such as KT. Tests have already been conducted on a new high-speed railway line that links Incheon International Airport with South Korea’s capital, Seoul. What was tested mainly included handover between the 5G base stations as well as the 4 Gbps peak throughput.
On Tuesday shares of Nokia rose by 1.13% to close the day at $6.28 a share.