5G: Huawei and Vodafone reach 20Gbps for single-user outdoor link at E-Band

July 26, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Huawei and Vodafone have completed a 5G millimetre-wave field test at Vodafone’s Emerald House location in Newbury, UK. The test covers SU-MIMO (Single User Multiple Input Multiple Output) with a strong reflection path to reach 20Gbps UE peak rate, and MU-MIMO (Multi User Multiple Input Multiple Output) for long-range UE to reach 10Gbps peak rate.

It is claimed as the world’s first 5G outdoor field test at E-Band (70 – 80 GHz) reaching 20Gbps peak rate for a single user device with high spectrum efficiency. This peak user rate is targeted by ITU-R as a 5G requirement. This is a key milestone after the two companies signed a co-operation agreement on 5G technologies in 2015 and a 5G Acceleration MoU (memo of understanding) in July 2016.


The demand for spectrum to provide higher-capacity mobile access and self-backhaul has been rising drastically due to soaring mobile broadband communications traffic. The situation is even more critical when operators are faced with the challenge to deliver ultra-high throughout in emerging 5G network. As traditional lower bands used in current cellular access becomes ever more crowded, there is an increasing effort in the industry to explore the centimetre wave (cmWave) and millimeter wave (mmWave) bands to meet broadband speed requirements. This test will contribute to the study of spectrum above 6 GHz for 5G enhanced mobile broadband, and to promote global spectrum harmonization in the coming World Radio Congress in 2019 (WRC-19)


E-Band can be used as a complementary spectrum band to the lower-band to deliver ultra-high mobile broadband user experience. In particular, say the partners, it can enable new applications such as VR/AR (virtual/augmented reality) and act as self-backhaul for the 5G mobile service traffic.


Narrow-band collaboration

The two companies previously (April 2016) announced collaboration in an Open IoT Lab to work on the development of products and applications relating to Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology.


The lab will provide a pre-integration testing environment for application developers and device, module and chip manufacturers. The facility, which is the first of seven that Huawei plans to open, will also offer support to developers and partners. They will work with both companies to explore cutting edge developments including network solution verification, new application innovation, device