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StarHub successfully trials 4.3Gbps mobile network speeds, stepping closer to 5G

By Liu Hongzuo - on 2 Nov 2016, 2:50pm

StarHub successfully trials 4.3Gbps mobile network speeds, stepping closer to 5G

StarHub conducted a 5G network demonstration that managed to achieve speeds of up to 4.3Gbps within their “live” setting. The trial was held at their own headquarters, and it emulates the simultaneous running of multiple technologies (3G and 4G, alongside future 5G networks) across different spectrum bands while using the same radio module.

This 4.3Gbps speed is ten times of typical 4G network speeds today, according to Nokia’s press release. The trial also showed that the network is capable of 1ms latency over the 5G cmWave frequencies. Once the technology is ready, mobile users will be able to experience ultra-low lag, enhanced machine-to-machine communication, app compatibility with autonomous driving, on top of getting 5G connectivity.

“5G, while still a distance away, will become reality in the time to come. Through our ongoing trials of new technologies such as Nokia’s integrated AirScale solution, we are exploring how we can use 5G technologies to enrich the lives of our customers,” said Chong Siew Loong, Head of Network Engineering, StarHub.

The cmWave frequency bands refer to carrier frequencies between 3 – 30GHz, with wavelengths that are 1 - 10cm long. These frequency bands are readied for 5G use, and it’s capable of facilitating transmission of huge data in a short amount of time (such as Full HD resolution cat videos in just seconds). These frequencies are being explored by various telecommunications and networking giants - Qualcomm’s mmWave frequencies refer to spectrum bands above 24 GHz, and those too are utilized for upcoming 5G connectivity efforts.

Illustration of Nokia's AirScale Radio Access technology. Click to enlarge. Credits: Nokia.

StarHub's successful trial was possible with the help of Nokia through their 5G-ready Nokia AirScale Radio Access technology. AirScale can simultaneously support all current network technologies, and it can upgrade the existing LTE network to 4.5G Pro for better capacity and peak rates (the exact science can be found in their URL above).

“Nokia AirScale allows service providers to lay the foundation for the programmable world of the future. It enables service providers to roll out best-in-class services and differentiate without significantly increasing their expenditure. We look forward to partnering StarHub on their journey to 5G,” said Nicolas Bouverot, Head of Asia South, Nokia.

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