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Qualcomm and its Finnish partners claim to break the world's 5G speed record

Elisa's 5G network was used to achieve new peak speeds. (Source: Elisa)
Elisa's 5G network was used to achieve new peak speeds. (Source: Elisa)
Qualcomm, Nokia and the carrier Elisa claim to have achieved the world's fastest data-transfer speed over millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G. This was done using dedicated hardware and resources from these 3 partners, and was reportedly demonstrated at Elisa's flagship store in Helsinki, Finland.

5G is often touted by its main proponents to be capable of achieving data-transfer rates in the multiple gigabits per second (Gbps) range, whereas 4G/LTE typically goes at 100 megabits per second (Mbps) at best. Qualcomm, in conjunction with Nokia and Elisa, now claims this theoretical jump in mobile data speeds is now more of a reality.

These partners have reportedly have delivered a connection speed of an impressive 8Gbps over mmWave 5G. This world-beating achievement was achieved using Elisa's commercial-grade infrastructure, incorporating Nokia's AirScale radios.

This hardware allegedly delivered 4Gbps each to 2 reference devices equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 5G Modem RF System, as well as its second-gen QTM525 mmWave antenna. Each radio used an 800MHz band of Elisa's 26GHz 5G spectrum.

Qualcomm now asserts that this new speed record proves that the 5G service in question can indeed support the demanding, high-bandwidth applications at which it is often pitched. They include industrial augmented- and virtual-reality (AR or VR) gaming and entertaiment; ultra-high-res game or video downloads and fixed-wireless-access (FWA) broadband.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-11-20 (Update: 2020-11-20)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.