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Huawei hits record 5G speed of 3.67Gbps on live Swiss C-Band network

[2019.10.09, Wed 14:05] While most United States-based carriers initially focused on launching 5G networks based on short-distance millimeter wave hardware, Asian and European carriers have deployed 5G using "Sub-6GHz" radio frequencies - longer-range signals that might compromise on speed. Huawei today announced that it's achieved a 5G download speed milestone without using millimeter wave technology: 3.67 Gigabytes per second on a live 5G network in Zurich, Switzerland. The feat was achieved across multiple 5G smartphones connected to a single 5G cell on Swiss carrier Sunrise's live commercial network, Huawei says, which is to say that the remarkable transfer speed isn't theoretical or coming from a lab environment. Prior millimeter wave 5G tests run by carriers on live U.S. commercial networks have achieved speeds north of 2Gbps, though independent tests have generally seen low- to mid-1Gbps peaks - wireless speeds that are still much faster than the vast majority of U.S. home broadband connections based on wired hardware. The embattled Chinese networking gear provider has previously described C-Band as "Golden spectrum for 5G," and predicted that 100MHz blocks of the spectrum will be "The cornerstone for 5G business success." Rival Qualcomm says that existing 5G chips can reach 7.5Gbps peaks under ideally optimized network conditions. Sunrise has leveraged its partnership with Huawei to offer 5G in over 260 Swiss cities and villages, with a promise of bringing "Maximum 5G speeds" to customers throughout the small country. The carrier claimed that it was Europe's first to launch a 5G network, though larger rival Swisscom was the first to actually offer 5G smartphones and 5G network access to paying customers at the beginning of May 2019.
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