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Telia and Ericsson demonstrate record-breaking speed and latency in live 5G trial

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Telia and Ericsson has brought 5G technology one step closer to deployment, after conducting outdoor tests on the first 5G trial system in Europe. The trial in Kista, Sweden demonstrated 5G capabilities in a real world environment over a live network and included tests on speed and latency.

The system used 800 MHz of spectrum in the 15 GHz band. During the test peak rates of 15 gigabits per user, and a latency below 3 milliseconds were achieved. This is more than 40 times faster than the current maximum speeds achievable on 4G.

This marks an important milestone in our companies' joint roadmap for 5G in Sweden and Estonia announced in January, with the goal to let Telia customers in Stockholm and Tallinn experience 5G services already in 2018.

Mats Svärdh, Head of Networks & IT Infrastructure, Global Services & Operations, Telia Company says: "This is a great achievement and stepping stone towards taking 5G to our customers in Sweden and Estonia 2018. The standardization and development of 5G has just started. Our knowledge and learnings from testing in a real outdoor environment will be crucial to understand and develop the 5G technology and networks needed to meet our customers' future requirements on our services in a digitalized society."

While major deployment of 5G networks is not expected until 2020, development of pre-commercial products, testing and spectrum is ongoing.

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