Imagine the speed that your internet provider promises today. It probably sounds too good to be true and all that is achieved thanks to the modern networks. These new networks need constant investments to make the transfer of data even faster and available over longer distances. Nokia was always a pioneer in that area and now it broke another record. Nokia achieved a new download speed record of more than 2 Gbps over a distance of almost 11 kilometres.
The connection sustained average downlink speeds of over 2 Gigabits per second (Gbps) using a millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum and 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The exact distance was 10.86 kilometres which is impressive. This is currently the fastest recorded network speed to date, and it was accomplished at the OuluZone test facility in Oulu, Finland. It is good to mention that this achievement is built on a previous world record announced by Nokia in 2021.
Nokia said they used their own AirScale baseband and AirScale 24GHz (n258 band) mmWave radio and a Nokia FastMile 5G PoC CPE (customer premises equipment). Testing involved eight component carriers (8CC) in the downlink, aggregating 800MHz of mmWave spectrum. This enabled a top downlink speed of 2.1 Gbps, and an uplink speed of 57.2 Mbps. This achievement also lays the foundations for high-quality internet connectivity solutions in areas where wired connections are not always possible.
The best thing is that Nokia FastMile 5G PoC device used in these tests is currently being trialed by major operators globally so soon enough it might be delivered to your homes.