Celcom Axiata and Ericsson have conducted Malaysia's the first ever 5G trial which is also the first 5G trial conducted on the 28GHz band in South East Asia.
The trial featured 5G Radio Prototypes, achieving a peak throughput up to 18Gbps (Gigabits per second) and latency as low as 3ms (milliseconds). It also demonstrated futuristic 5G use cases such as robotic control, connected environment, virtual reality, Internet of Things (IoT) applications and 4K video streaming over 5G – from video capture at the server end to playback on the 5G prototype device.
This milestone is a result of the 5G MoU signed by Celcom and Ericsson in Barcelona in February 2017. The MoU paved the way for a joint partnership to evaluate opportunities for 5G and IoT in Malaysia.
Celcom’s recently announced “journey to 5G” will involve the deployment of key technologies such as 4x4 multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) and 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) to provide users with data speeds up to 400Mbps (megabits per second). In the near future, Celcom will also deploy IoT to enable digital and connected living.