First real-world 5G network tests in Europe

Deutsche Telekom tested ultra high-speed 5G antennas, which hit speeds of more than 2GBps and latencies of 3 milliseconds on its commercial network in central Berlin. It was the first use of the technology in a real-world setting in Europe.

Deutsche Telekom tested antennas to both transmit and receive data using 5G hardware in the city centre of Berlin. The German telecommunications operator carried out the first real-world 5G network tests in Europe.

Claudia Nemat, Member of the Management Board responsible for Technology & Innovation at Deutsche Telekom, said:

“We are demonstrating 5G live here, in the middle of Berlin, rather than in a lab. This is a very decisive developmental step on the way to the global launch of 5G, which is planned for 2020. If everything is connected to everything else, customers need a high-performance, reliable and secure network. Industry, in particular, will benefit from 5G as a powerful enabler for a wide range of applications. We are ready for 5G.”

The next step of 5G testing by Deutsche Telekom will be 7,200-hectare Port of Hamburg. It is a perfect place to test 5G for industry and to meet all the key functions of the port, such as forthcoming fully autonomous vehicles, allowing them to receive detailed information about road conditions, traffic patterns, and potential hazards as they plot courses around a city.

Jens Meier, managing director of the Hamburg port authority, told the Hamburger Abendblatt:

„This is a great step in digital development and once again illustrates the fact that the port of Hamburg is the pioneer of state-of-the-art technologies.“

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