Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson has collaborated with MediaTek to achieve speeds of 5.1 Gbps jointly. For the 5G Dual Connectivity, the companies aggregated 800MHz of high-band spectrum and 60MHz of mid-band, which was sent over the air to a device equipped with the MediaTek M80 5G modem while Ericsson provided its Radio System hardware and 5G Core. The speeds were achieved on a single device using mmWave in a 5G Standalone (5G SA) mode combined with the mid-band spectrum.The demo showed that the mmWave could be utilized effectively in the new 5G SA architecture as the connection utilizes both mmWave and mid-band spectrum, which in turn enables higher uplink and downlink data rates for 5G SA than currently deployed.This technology will further allow the way for new use cases for mobile broadband and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), such as gaming and immersive media.
“This 5G technology breakthrough with our partner MediaTek is the direct result of our efforts to meet the evolving connectivity needs of our customers worldwide. We believe that New Radio Dual Connectivity will be a very appealing option to many customers globally as part of their 5G Standalone deployment strategies. It will enable millimeter wave in the multi-layer network with speeds of over 5Gbps,” said HannesEkstrom, Head of Product Line 5G RAN, Ericsson.While JS Pan, General Manager of Wireless Communication System and Partnership, MediaTek, said,“NR Dual Connectivity is one of the latest 5G technology developments that will directly contribute to next-generation 5G services, growing capacity, performance and enabling innovative new use-cases across business, industry and consumer ecosystems.”