On Thursday Deutsche Telekom debuted its first ultra high-speed next-generation mobile antennas, which Europe’s biggest telecoms service provider said showed it was ready for a worldwide release of the technology by 2020.
Telekom said it was the first use of the technology in a real-world setting in European countries, with speeds greater than 2 gigabits per second to a personal device, and a latency of 3 milliseconds on commercial sites.
5G networks, which are anticipated to provide speeds that are some 10 to 100 times faster than today’s 4G networks, should remove one of the primary obstacles to virtual and augmented reality, which needs fast response times to avoid users feeling queasy.
Telekom’s four test antennas are manufactured by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] which right now stands as global second in smartphone manufacturing.
“This is a very decisive developmental step on the way to the global release of 5G, which is planned for 2020,” Telekom panel member Claudia Nemat said in his statement.
When Telekom starts commercial rollouts of 5G networks in 2020, it is expected to be in slices of new bandwidth to enable specialised services for connected cars, pre-booking parking areas and even smart trash cans.
Europe is expected to take a slower method of 5G network deployments than operators in South Korea and Japan, where rollout arrives next 12 months, followed quickly by America where Telekom is the major shareholder of No. 3 positioned mobile carrier T-Mobile.