Nokia reaches 2 Gbps uplink speeds with mmWave

22 June 2022

Nokia has achieved what it claims is a record-breaking 5G uplink speed of 2.1 Gbps in a live demonstration at the Nokia Arena in Tampere, Finland.

The record was achieved by Nokia’s AirScale base station in 26 GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) over Elisa’s commercial 5G network and was connected to a 5G device powered by a Snapdragon X65 5G modem-RF system using Qualcomm’s QTM45 mmWave antenna modules.

The speeds, along with 8 Gbps downlink speeds that Nokia achieved in 2020, will allow Elisa to offer new services throughout Tampere, Finland, and initially at Nokia Arena. The solution is expected to be deployed in 2023.

Stadium mmWave

Nokia Arena is one of the first stadiums equipped with 5G mmWave capabilities. The uplink speed will allow for new applications leveraging edge computing such as media broadcasting or high-definition streaming from the arena.

When the mmWave service is deployed, it will create new at-venue opportunities such as:

  • Real-time multi-user 8K video streaming.
  • Augmented reality content for smartphones or wearables.
  • Live performances from 360° camera locations via VR headsets.
  • Live reporting and content via mobile devices and televisions.
  • Venue operations and critical functions such as security.
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