23 May 5G Trials Around the World in 2018
by Sarah Pereau | 23 May 2018
Rogers Communications will partner with Ericsson to launch 5G trials in Ottawa and Toronto. Rogers has previously demonstrated 5G through virtual reality experiences to demonstrate how 5G can provide real-time responsiveness. According to RCR Wireless, “the governments of Canada, Quebec, and Ontario announced a $400 million initiative to develop a 5G corridor. Trials are expected to deploy over the next year.
Deutsche Telecom recently announced plans to test 5G technology in partnership with Huawei after recently installing antennas to test 5G in downtown Berlin. The small trial will cover an area of approximately 5 square kilometers in the downtown Berlin area, with “an additional 70 cells to be installed in the upcoming months.” Deutsche Telecom confirmed they received the required testing license from German regulars and will be testing 5G in a 3.7 GHz spectrum.
China Mobile announced plans to launch a 5G trial in Shanghai this year. China Mobile is currently the world’s largest mobile operator, has begun deploying 5G base stations around the country and are expected to have “more than 10,000 5G base stations by 2020.” The objective is to launch commercial 5G services by 2020. According to China Mobile, the 5G trial in Shanghai will run in the 3.5 GHz band.
Verizon, Comsol, and Samsung will partner to initiate 5G trials in South Africa. Trials will take place in Johannesburg by the third quarter. Comsol CEO, Iain Stevenson states that “the trial network will be non-commercial and customers will be able to connect to it.” Comsol has already been granted assignment in the 28 GHz band in South Africa. The spectrum has already been successfully tested by Verizon in US trials.
Australia’s NBN Co. will partner with Ericsson to launch 5G trial services in Melbourne this week. NBN Co. is owned by the Australian government, tasked with designing and building the country’s National Broadband Network, which is an open-access network project. According to NBN Co., the “trial will allow the firm to see how 5G technology can improve its fixed-wireless service.” NBN Co. confirmed the trial will run in the 3.5 GHz band.
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