Telecom Italia Sets European 5G Speed Record
Telecom Italia achieved the first connection in Europe capable of permanently exceeding a downlink speed of 4 Gbps on a 5G live network. The result was made with 26 Gigahertz (GHz) millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies.
TIM has achieved this record in cooperation with Ericsson and Qualcomm, exceeding the record of 2 Gbps achieved last January. This represents another success in the millimeter-wave milestones achieved in Turin in 2017 with the first 5G connection in Italy and in Rome in 2018 with the first 5G videocall in Europe. The speed milestone was achieved using Qualcomm devices featuring Snapdragon X55 5G modem-RF system with QTM525 mmWave Antenna module and Ericsson Radio System solutions.
In addition to reaching very high speeds, millimeter-wave frequencies provide high network capacity thanks to the wide bandwidth available. These characteristics allow operators to develop 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services with Gigabit speeds, in particular in areas not yet covered by fixed ultrabroadband, and to deliver dedicated 5G indoor coverage that can be used for vertical applications enabling new Industry 4.0 scenarios based on services with exceptional high speed, extremely low latency and the highest security and reliability of use.