The new 5G networks are, among all the other improvements, bringing faster download and upload speeds to our handheld devices. Fast internet on smartphones became a usable word with 4G networks and 5G networks of our near future are going to make things upload more than 10 times faster.Nokia announced that its team achieved the world’s fastest 5G speeds using the Over-the-Air (OTA) network in Dallas, Texas. They managed to achieve a speed of 4.7 Gbps by using commercially available 5G hardware and software. At that speed, it would take you only 22 seconds to download the Android One currently running on our Nokia 7.2.
To achieve the record speeds Nokia used a combination of eight 100 MHz channels of millimeter wave spectrum on the 28 GHz and 39GHz bands, providing 800 MHz of bandwidth, and 40 MHz of LTE spectrum using the EN-DC functionality available on Nokia’s AirScale solution. The EN-DC is allowing devices to simultaneously use 5G and LTE networks, so they can transmit and receive data across both air-interface technologies, which is enabling a higher throughput than when connecting to 5G or LTE alone.
Of course, those speeds won’t be reached when the number of 5G phones and gateways increases, but for now it does sound impressive.