TIM, Fastweb, Huawei Ready to Switch On First 5G Site on 3.6-3.8 GHz Band

12 February 2018
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TIM, Fastweb, Huawei Ready to Switch On First 5G Site on 3.6-3.8 GHz Band Image Credit: TIM

TIM-Fastweb-Huawei consortium that won the 5G trial in Bari and Matera on the 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum last year, announced the completion of the trial.

As part of the project, 5G technology is being tested in Bari to create one of the first 4.0 ports in Italy, improving its security, access control and logistics by using IoT solutions coupled with digital automation, which are important steps specifically for cloud robotics and intelligent transportation systems.

In Matera, the 2019 European capital of culture, the frontiers of 3D virtualisation and reconstruction of archaeological sites and museums will be explored, with the aim of producing actual virtual geo-museums.

A net throughput of over 3Gb/s has been achieved, considering only 100 MHz of bandwidth used: an important result, in line with the latest version of the 3GPP standard, approved last December. Reaching a spectral efficiency of (30 b/s)/Hz, about 7 times compared to the more advanced 4G technology, the cost per bit is thus drastically reduced.

Carried out in Turin laboratory, each bit took an end-to-end crossing time of the network chain (latency) of only 2.6 milliseconds, about 10 times less than a bit is used to take in the most advanced LTE technology, said Huawei.

According to Huawei, the positive outcome of the first data connection sets the stage for the first site to be switched on in the coming weeks.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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