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In China 5G trials, ZTE hits massive 19 Gbps network speeds

In recent 5G speed tests, telecom provider ZTE was able to set a new industry record in terms of network throughput, exceeding 19 Gbps.

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In Chinese 5G network trials, international telecom provider ZTE Corporation set a new industry record when it exceeded a throughput of 19 Gbps, the company announced in a Monday press release. In a separate test, the firm was also able to achieve a low latency of 0.416 ms.

In short, the 5G future is here, and it's fast.

In total, ZTE conducted seven separate tests as part of the second phase of China's National 5G tests, the release said. The tests were conducted in Huairou, Beijing.

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One of the most prominent tests was the eMBB (enhanced mobile broadband) test, conducted at sub-6Ghz. In the test, ZTE was able to offer 28 streams to users through the 3.5 GHz pre-commercial base station, the release said, ultimately achieving the new 19+ Gbps record. In the release, ZTE said this could be used to help connect some of the densely-populated urban areas in China.

In a separate test, trialing eMBB on high-frequency millimeter waves, ZTE surpassed 13 Gbps using a 26GHz base station. ZTE noted that tests like this will help the eventual commercialization of high-frequency technologies in mobile, according to the release.

Low latency was also on the agenda for testing. In an ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (uRLLC) test, the firm achieved a latency of 0.416 ms. ZTE's proprietary chips were used in the test to achieve such latency, the press release said.

An additional trial had implications for the future of Internet of Things (IoT) adoption as well. Using MUSA (multi-user shared access) technology, ZTE achieved performance of 90 million connections/MHz/hour/km2, the release said.

ZTE also used network slicing to create a unified network to support multiple interfaces and applications, such as those mentioned above. This would allow for more flexible service configuration, and the tests on this platform managed a peak rate of 15 Gbps, along with latency lower than 0.416 ms, and 90 million connections/MHz/hour/km2 at the same time, the release said.

The trials here were part of China's growing effort to deploy 5G by 2020. ZTE, a Chinese company, currently has 3,000 employees dedicated to 5G research and development, and is planning to double the money it is investing in the technology.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. In recent 5G network trials, ZTE achieved 19 Gbps network throughput and 0.416 ms of latency.
  2. The seven tests will have an impact of 5G technologies for mobile connectivity in densely-populated areas, as well as improving IoT connectivity.
  3. ZTE is doubling its investment in 5G R&D, as China sets it sights on a 5G deployment by 2020.

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