Finnish technology provider Elisa (News - Alert) has combined with Nokia to host the first successful 5G network test in Europe. The test featured data speeds of 1.5 gigabits per second, allowing data to be transferred over cellular networks faster than ever before. The test, which was held in Rusko, Finland, showcased speeds that were faster than current commercial 4G LTE (News - Alert) networks.
More and more telecommunications providers are currently conducting tests of this manner in order to work on creating networks built around 5G technology. The fact that so many of these tests are yielding promising results is important for the future of 5G as a commercial network. Executives at the head of these companies are extremely encouraged at the current state of these tests.
“We are eagerly waiting for the 3.5 GHz band to become fully available as it will accelerate the offering of commercial 5G services to our customers,” said Kalle Lehtinen, VP of technology and architecture at Elisa, in a statement. The use of cellular networks at these frequencies not only offers faster speeds than older networks, but also greater reliability and less lag time. The test conducted by Nokia (News - Alert) and Elisa found latencies as little as 1.5 milliseconds.
The work by telecommunications providers of implementing 5G networks is still currently in the test phase. However, with more and more of these successful test results coming back like the one conducted by Nokia and Elisa, the closer this technology inches to being commercially available. When that day comes, users will enjoy faster upload and download speeds with greater reliability than ever before. This will allow people to experience all of the features that they already enjoy while using a Wi-Fi connection wherever they are in the world with the use of cellular data. Telecommunications providers all around the world are focused on making 5G their next big offering, allowing for greater functionality with a greater range than older cellular networks.
Edited by Alicia Young