Deutsche Telekom Tests First 5G Antennas in Berlin

Deutsche Telekom Tests First 5G Antennas in Berlin

Deutsche Telekom has tested Europe’s first ultra high speed 5G antennas in Berlin on Thursday. The German telecoms provider said the antennas would reach speeds of more than 2 gigabits per second, as well as a latency of 3 milliseconds on commercial sites. The antennas were supplied by China-based vendor Huawei.

Leading mobile operators are embarking on R&D initiatives to develop the technology, which is considered to be the next evolution in mobile networks. 5G is expected to provide a single network environment to deliver not only existing mobile broadband and IoT services, but also new innovations such as self-driving cars, cloud robotics, 3D holographic telepresence and remote surgery with haptic feedback.

“This is a very decisive developmental step on the way to the global launch of 5G, which is planned for 2020,” Telekom board member Claudia Nemat. “5G is so important for digitization and for the economy.”

Nemat said the company would invest 5 billion euros ($5.93 billion) a year in Germany, including in fiber-optic cable and network modernization that is needed to make 5G a reality.

“As soon as the standard is defined and is available, we will proceed in 2018 to lay the foundation for large scale build out,” Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Deutsche Telekom CTO, added.

A new market research report from SNS Research presents an in-depth assessment of the emerging 5G ecosystem including key market drivers, challenges, research initiatives and vendor strategies.

According to the report:

“Although 2020 has conventionally been regarded as the headline date for 5G commercialization, the very first standardized deployments of the technology are expected to be commercialized as early as 2019 with the 3GPP's initial 5G specifications set to be implementation-ready by March 2018.

“Between 2019 and 2025, we expect the 5G network infrastructure market to aggressively grow a CAGR of nearly 70%, eventually accounting for $28 Billion in annual spending by the end of 2025. These infrastructure investments will be complemented by annual shipments of up to 520 Million 5G-capable devices.”

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