October 10, 2019
Swiss operator Sunrise is happy to work with Huawei on 5G and their collaboration is yielding some impressive download speeds.
Not only do they claim to have hit a 3.67 Gbps top speed on a 5G downlink, they say they managed it to ‘multiple’ smartphones from one 5G cell. Sunrise was one of the first European operators to go live with 5G and that fact, together with announcements like these, ad weight to the fear that countries which ban Huawei from their 5G networks may lag behind those who don’t.
Having said that this was just a test, rather than a live network. It was conducted over 100 MHz of C-Band spectrum on Sunrise’s commercial network, using Huawei 5G gear. Huawei took the opportunity to plug its MU-MIMO technology, which is says ‘substantially increases 5G capacity without additional requirement of spectrum and power resource.’
Switzerland has long been a geopolitically neutral country and seems to feel free to go easier on Huawei than many other western countries have. Perhaps as a consequence Huawei will be hosting its latest 5G client event in Switzerland. Announcement like this, as well as general statements of 5G prowess, could also be designed to put pressure on other European countries by showing them what they will be missing out on if they block Huawei.
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