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Huawei pushes 5G towards reality in Germany and China tests

Huawei is to the fore in the latest 5G tests, announcing breakthroughs in China and Germany. In the latter, Deutsche Telekom is claiming to have turned on Europe’s first 5G connection on a commercial network, in a demonstration with Huawei. The connection, on DT’s network in central Berlin, delivered downstream speeds of over 2Gbps and latency of 3ms, in the 3.7 GHz band. The German operator was using pre-standard ‘non-standalone 5G NR’, the strand of the 3GPP specs which is being fast-tracked for completion in early 2018 – but still requires an LTE anchor network. “With this real world achievement, Deutsche Telekom is making its first important step towards a 5G network launch,” said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, the operator’s CTO. “When…

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