New 5G download data speed record set by Huawei and its Swiss partner

New 5G download data speed record set by Huawei and its Swiss partner
If you're wondering why everyone is making such a big deal about the next generation of wireless connectivity, it's because the faster data speeds available with 5G can lead to many innovations that will change your life for the better. You might say to yourself that, well, 4G LTE is fast enough, and it is when compared to 3G. But let's look at some numbers. The Verizon Wireless connection in South Florida that we just measured on Ookla's Speedtest app is providing us with a download data speed of 63Mbps and a Wi-Fi network running over Comcast's Xfinity unit has a download data speed of 80Mbps. But let's put this into perspective. Huawei announced yesterday that it set a new downlink data speed record of 3.67Gbps using multiple 5G enabled smartphones over one cell in Zurich, Switzerland. That is equivalent to 3670Mbps or more than 58 times faster than the aforementioned 4G LTE feed from Verizon.

What made this achievement more exciting was that it was accomplished using a sub-6GHz 5G network belonging to Swiss wireless provider Sunrise. Usually, extremely fast download data speed is associated with mmWave spectrum in the ultra-high bands. These signals carry more traffic and offer faster data speeds but don't penetrate structures as well and travel as far as sub-6GHz spectrum. To be more specific, the record was set on 100MHz of C-Band (4GHz to 8GHz) bandwidth using Multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO) technology. This expands 5G capacity without requiring the use of additional spectrum. Back in April, AT&T reported a downlink 5G data speed over 2Gbps using mmWave spectrum.

5G data speeds will favorably impact the global economy

Sunrise was the first European carrier to offer 5G service. Partnering with Huawei, the wireless provider now has 5G signals available in 262 cities in Switzerland. It plans on continuing to work with Huawei to expand its 5G coverage to the entire country. In the U.S., the four major wireless providers have been offering 5G in limited markets. T-Mobile, using a combination of low-band, mid-range, and mmWave signals, hopes to complete the first nationwide 5G network in the U.S. next year.

The faster 5G data speeds are expected to greatly impact the global economy as new industries and businesses are created. The transition to 4G LTE helped to create the rideshare industry that now has two multi-billion dollar companies (Uber and Lyft). With 5G, we could see self-driving vehicles become reality. Speaking of reality, 5G will improve the experiences of using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality and the low latency inherent with 5G is just as important as the faster data speeds, especially when dealing with IoT.

The U.S. has banned the use of Huawei networking equipment because of fears that the company's gear contains backdoors ready to send intelligence to the communist Chinese government if requested to do so. It needs to be pointed out that Huawei has denied this repeatedly. With a 28% share of the global market, the manufacturer happens to be the world's largest supplier of networking equipment. Just yesterday, we told you that officials in the Trump administration were upset when they learned that no U.S. companies produce the radio equipment that is needed for cell towers to transfer signals to mobile phones. Administration officials reportedly tried to get Oracle and Cisco to enter this business but both companies declined due to the expense and the time it would take to develop such products. The officials are said to be discussing ways to help Huawei rivals Nokia and Ericsson offer longer-term financing to their customers. Huawei is able to provide favorable financing to its customers through its connections with China's state-run banks.



1. Abdbaas

Posts: 149; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

"5G data speeds will favorably impact the global economy" and will increase the number of cancers. Amazing!

2. Alan01

Posts: 623; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

You mean like windmill cancer? Regards, Alan

15. Abdbaas

Posts: 149; Member since: Apr 05, 2016 I'm a tech geek but not when it's detrimental to health

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

You abdaas must be a scientist, doctor, and fable in economics. Cool

16. Abdbaas

Posts: 149; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

No, I'm not. Just a concerned consumer

3. TBomb

Posts: 1563; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I just don't see a consumer-level need for it yet.

5. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

No need for 5G unless its priced like a broadband connection.

4. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Whoa! , while AT&T and Apple in the US is happy with their fake 5G E

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

How the f**k is Apple tied to att. That’s sounds dumb. I have an Apple phone on Verizon. Even if I had a real 5 g phone I wouldn’t use it unless I drove to a certain block in spokane

13. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Because Apple was the first one who agreed displaying the AT&T's 5GE logo on their phones despite knowing it still is just LTE

9. Venom

Posts: 3690; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You mean AT&T right? I don't think Apple has anything to do with their false marketing.

8. Mikele

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

It's a clear indication that Trump administration deliberately banned Huawei because US is not yet ready for 5G network advancement which the Chinese company is miles away and not the security breach as being pointed out

10. Venom

Posts: 3690; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Or maybe because Huawei has a shady reputation and is backed by a communist regime? China has already been guilty of a few major malware incidents. Do you really want them in major US infrastructure?

11. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Yeah which leads to him ranting "we'll be the first with 6G". His horrible business statics is nothing but bad news and sadly america is paying the price for it

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22215; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's absolutely clear that one of the reasons for the U.S. ban of Huawei is to try and stifle their advancement of 5G networks, as the U.S. is not in the same league as Huawei in that retrospect. Claims of backdoors and spying have yet to be proven, and even companies like Microsoft are questioning the U.S. ban, as no proof has been provided. Huawei, on the other hand, has been marching on with their advancements, and I'm glad to see that there are several countries that aren't following suit with the U.S. Kudos to Huawei for this achievement.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22215; Member since: May 28, 2014 Hey PA, I’m putting this link here, as I was unable to put it in the designated “contact us” space. Seems to be a glitch of some kind.

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