Canadian telecom operator, TELUS in partnership with Huawei has successfully completed a 5G trial in Vancouver, achieving wireless speeds of 29.3 Gbps.
The 5G trial took place in the heart of TELUS and Huawei’s 5G Living Lab in Vancouver, where both companies have been trialling next generation technologies since late last year in a live, real-world setting. While 5G is anticipated to become mainstream by 2020, TELUS customers living in the Vancouver area will have early access to some of the most cutting-edge wireless technologies in the world, said TELUS.
TELUS’ advancements towards 5G builds on the company’s $1-billion investment to connect Vancouver to the TELUS PureFibre network, which will ultimately provide the backbone to support lightning-fast wireless speeds as the development roadmaps for wireless and wireline networks converge around 5G concepts.
In addition to the 5G trial, one 4G LTE wireless site in Vancouver has also been upgraded with the latest advancement in LTE-Advanced Pro technologies capable of speeds of up to 1 Gbps –10 times faster than current LTE-Advanced speeds. Five more sites will be upgraded in the coming weeks, and TELUS customers will be able to take advantage of these technologies as early as next year, as LTE-Advanced Pro compatible devices become available.