Vodafone performed today the first 5G tests in Portugal, anticipating what will be the mobile network of the future. The demonstration was carried out in partnership with Ericsson and took place in Vodafone Portugal’s Head Office Building, attaining speeds of 20Gbps ‘over the air’, i.e. without using a cable connection.
The tests were conducted in a controlled environment in Vodafone Portugal and included the transmission of files to two mobile devices under real propagation conditions at multi-Gbps speeds (over 1Gbps). In addition, beam-tracking and multi-user MIMO technology was used, on which 5G is based and which transmits data in a much more targeted way through different beams on the antennas, serving several users simultaneously more efficiently . This system optimises mobile communications, improving speed per user and achieving higher spectral efficiency.
The tests also demonstrated the reduction in latency or response time of the 5G radio system, which will facilitate reliable, high-speed, critical communications in real-time, such as for intelligent or autonomous vehicles or remote robot operation.
In parallel, Vodafone demonstrated 1Gbps speeds on its 4.5G live network. This is the state-of-the-art of technology in its most evolved state, which is now available to any customer. Vodafone already sells a number of phones readied to achieve these speeds, and it is expected that more models will appear on the market in the coming months.
“This is another milestone in the history of innovation at Vodafone Portugal which, by readying its mobile network for a progressive transition to fifth generation communications, is contributing to significantly improving users’ telecommunications experience by bringing more advanced technology to its customers”, said João Nascimento, CTO of Vodafone Portugal.
Heralded as the technology that will revolutionise the future of telecommunications it is believed that, in addition to connecting people, it will be 5G that enhances communication between machines. The volume of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT), together with the need for increasingly demanding communications speeds and resilience, are factors that are determining the shift to the new standard.
About Vodafone Portugal
Vodafone Portugal is a Global Telecommunications Operator with a convergent service recognised in various segments of the market. A leader in innovation, brand image and customer satisfaction, Vodafone Portugal has a nationwide network coverage serving over 2.7 million homes and businesses with its next generation fibre network, and over 4.7 million customers with its mobile network. Vodafone Portugal is part of the Vodafone Group which, with over 523 million mobile customers and more than 18 million fixed service customers, is one of the world’s biggest telecommunications operators.
Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services, based in Stockholm, Sweden. Our company is composed of over 111,000 specialists who have provided solutions and services to customers in 180 countries since 1876. Together we have built an increasingly connected future, enabling any person and any industry to reach their full potential. In 2016 the company generated revenues of 222.6 billion Swedish kronor (24.5 billion dollars). Ericsson is listed on the NASDAQ OMX exchange in Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Learn more at www.ericsson.com.