First live 5G network in Europe: Page 2 of 2

October 17, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Deutsche Telekom has four radio cells in its mobile network that are the first in Europe to transmit live and in a real environment over 5G. With a preliminary standard version of 5G New Radio (5G NR), the future mobile radio component of 5G, the network in Berlin-Schöneberg achieves transmission rates of 2 Gbits/s on a single terminal and a latency of 3 milliseconds.

Although the 5G pre-standard used in Berlin will probably not be included in the final standard version, Deutsche Telekom's specifications are "very closely" aligned with the current global 3GPP draft for 5G New Radio, the company says. The final specifications of the system used are expected to be officially published by 3GPP in December 2017. 

One of the applications in the 5G network is a model car racetrack as a VR representation. This example illustrates just how important it is to equip head mounted displays (HMD) with technology for direct network and cloud connection. In the version at hand, the individual micro-services of the application are still running in the HMD, making them heavy and leading to high power consumption. With 5G and Edge Computing, the data could be seamlessly transferred from the cloud to glasses. Thus, the data goggles would look like a normal pair of glasses and weigh considerably less than today's headsets.


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