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DT and Huawei go live with Europe‘s first 5G connection

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  • First pre-standard 5G connection in live network in central Berlin based on latest 3GPP specifications
  • Sub 6 Ghz connection supports mobility, wide area and indoor coverage, multi-gigabit throughput speeds and milliseconds low latency
  • 5G New Radio and 4G LTE in combination ensures an ‘always-on’ connection for ubiquitous coverage
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Deutsche Telekom’s network in Germany is 5G Ready: On DT’s commercial network in central Berlin, it has gone live with a 5G connection at over two gigabit per second and a low latency of three milliseconds over a 3.7 gigahertz spectrum link. Powered by Huawei user equipment using 3GPP specifications for 5G New Radio (NR), the deployment on commercial sites is the first in Europe and marks an important advancement in the global development of 5G.   

5G new radio will be critical for meeting our customers’ ever-increasing connectivity requirements that are steadily growing with more and more network connections,” said Claudia Nemat, Deutsche Telekom Board member for Technology and Innovation. “Our achievement demonstrates the feasibility of our plans to deliver a superior, new customer experience.” 

“As long time partners, both Deutsche Telekom Group and Huawei have joined hands to successfully test 5G NR equipments in field environments based on latest 3GPP R15 standards. These achievements highlight the capabilities of the 5G NR equipment to meet operators’ requirements for addressing new business opportunities for end users. Huawei is confident that the partnership with Deutsche Telekom can fully prepare the commercial launch of 5G NR services in Europe by 2020 thanks to 3GPP standardization efforts,” said Huimin Zhu, Vice President 5G Huawei. 

The implementation in a live real-world setting in central Berlin using Huawei equipment and software is based on pre-standard 5G that closely tracks the 3GPP global standard for so-called ‘Non-Standalone New Radio’. With the Non-Standalone 5G NR mode for the enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) use-case, it is meant that the connection is anchored in LTE while 5G NR carriers are used to boost data-rates and reduce latency. Therefore, 5G new radio will be deployed with the evolution of 4G LTE as the baseline for wide-area broadband coverage. The specifications enabling that system will be complete by December 2017 as part of the first drop of 3GPP Release 15.  

5G New Radio has characteristics that make it ideal to meet the sub 6Ghz mid-band needs for 5G applications that will  require mobility support, wide-area coverages, as well as multi-gigabit throughput speeds and millisecond low latency. “With this real-world achievement, Deutsche Telekom is making its first important step towards a 5G network launch,” says Bruno Jacobfeuerborn. “When the standard is defined, we will trial it in 2018 to prepare the ground for a wider deployment of commercial sites and the offering of devices for the mass market as they become available.”

5G Experience Day

The DT and Huawei joint implementation is conducted as part of Deutsche Telekom’s 5G:haus innovation partnership to advance 5G development to make the standard a global success. Both companies look forward to demonstrating this technical breakthrough and the innovative applications it enables during the 5G Experience Day in Berlin on October 12, 2017.

To be part of this milestone event on the path to 5G, please register with us.

Visit Deutsche Telekom’s booth in hall 21a at the IFA trade show in Berlin from September 1-6 to experience our products and services live. Deutsche Telekom’s entire presence at the trade fair is carbon-neutral – all CO2 emissions generated in setting up and operating the booth are fully offset by carbon-reduction projects abroad.

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