SK Telecom and Nokia Networks achieve 19.1 Gbps over the air in joint 5G trial

  • Proof of Concept demonstrates Nokia Networks’ cmWave technology
  • Underlines companies’ unwavering focus on making 5G a reality

Seoul, Korea – 30 October 2015

SK Telecom and Nokia Networks together demonstrated Nokia Networks’ cmWave technology, setting a new milestone that adds momentum to the standardization of 5G* technologies. In a joint 5G trial in South Korea, the two companies achieved 19.1 Gbps transmission speed over the air using 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), 8×8 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) transmission and 400 MHz of bandwidth. This initiative underlines the leadership of both Nokia Networks and SK Telecom in developing the framework for superb 5G-based value propositions for users and fostering future service innovation. It also showcases the potential of 5G to transmit massive amounts of data in the blink of an eye, which would, for example, enable a user to download a full-HD movie in a matter of seconds.    

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Solution details at a glance:

  • Demonstrates access point sending downlink transmission over the air and receiving it at the mobile terminal
  • Evaluates radio channel performance at cmWave frequency band
  • Provides runtime feedback while moving the mobile terminal or blocking paths between the access point and the terminal

Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer, SK Telecom, said: “With the world’s first demonstration of the cmWave technology, we have reached a significant milestone towards realizing 5G. The 19.1Gbps transmission speed we achieved almost meets one of the key capabilities of 5G defined by the ITU-R. SK Telecom will continue to work closely with Nokia Networks to maintain this momentum towards creating a new era of communications.”

 

 

Marc Rouanne, Executive Vice President, Mobile Broadband, Nokia Networks, said: “Together with SK Telecom, one of our long-standing customers in Korea, we have achieved a unique distinction demonstrating that Nokia is at the forefront of 5G-related initiatives. Moreover, this engagement also underpins our vision to be recognized as the enabler of 5G in Korea and across the globe, a goal that is the driving force behind all our R&D efforts in this area.”

Did you know?

2015 has been a landmark year for the ever-strengthening relationship between SK Telecom and Nokia Networks. Both companies have played a pivotal role in setting the pace for the telecommunications industry in Korea. In the recent past, they have successfully verified key technology for 5G core networks, demonstrated 600 Mbps data transmission rates using 4X4 MIMO technology over LTE and also commercialized a core LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology called ‘Enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination’ (eICIC) for the first time in the world.

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About SK Telecom

SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM, KSE: 017670), established in 1984, is Korea’s largest telecommunications company with more than 28 million mobile subscribers, accounting for around 50% of the market. The company reached KRW 17.164 trillion in revenue in 2014. As the world’s first company to commercialize CDMA, CDMA 2000 1x, CDMA EV-DO and HSDPA networks, SK Telecom launched the nation’s first LTE service in July 2011. SK Telecom also became the world’s first mobile carrier to commercialize 150Mbps LTE-Advanced in June 2013 and 225Mbps LTE-Advanced in June 2014 through Carrier Aggregation(CA). In line with its efforts to swiftly move towards the next-generation mobile network system, or 5G, it successfully commercialized 300Mbps tri-band LTE-A CA. As of the end of June 2015, the company has over 17.9 million LTE and LTE-Advanced subscribers. Based on its strength in network operations business, SK Telecom is seeking new growth engines through three innovative platforms namely Lifestyle Enhancement Platform, Advanced Media Platform and IoT Service Platform. For more information, please visit www.sktelecom.com or email to skt_press@sk.com.

About Nokia

By focusing on the human possibilities of technology, Nokia embraces the connected world to help people thrive. Our three businesses are leaders in their fields: Nokia Networks provides broadband infrastructure, software and services; HERE provides mapping, navigation and location intelligence; and Nokia Technologies provides advanced technology development and licensing.

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Nokia Networks, which provides broadband infrastructure, software and services, operates at the forefront of our industry. From the first ever call on GSM to the first call on LTE, we have set the pace of innovation, a record that continues with future technologies such as 5G. Together with our operator customers, who serve close to 5 billion subscribers, we are embracing the opportunity of the connected world and helping to solve its challenges.

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Notes:

* 5G is in the exploration / pre-standardized research phase. Its commercialization is planned for 2020. IMT2020 vision work in ITU-R is ongoing; 3GPP 5G work is expected to start with Release 14 early 2016.