News | March 2, 2023

Ericsson And Etisalat By e& Boost User Experience With 2.1Gbps 5G Uplink Speed

  • Demonstration shows speed reaching 2.1Gbps using 5G dual connectivity and carrier aggregation software features.
  • The high uplink data rates will enable uplink-heavy applications at venues or in industrial settings.

Ericsson and etisalat by e& have demonstrated an uplink data peak rate of 2.1 Gigabits per second (Gbps) on a commercial network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) using 5G dual connectivity and carrier aggregation software features. The concept enables opportunities for a new set of 5G use cases that require high uplink capacity and throughput such as live commercial broadcasts over a 5G network.

By using a combination of Ericsson’s New Radio Dual Connectivity (NR-DC) and carrier aggregation software features, etisalat by e& is able to boost the uplink data speed of its 5G network. The demo was made possible by aggregating 4x100 MHz high-band millimeter Wave (mmWave) carrier components, with 1x100 MHz mid-band carrier component in the uplink.

Marwan Bin Shakar, Senior Vice President Access Network Development, etisalat by e& UAE says: “The successful demonstration represents a key milestone in the development of 5G networks in the UAE and the wider region. The solutions etisalat by e& has brought to life as a fast mover in the 5G space have had a profound impact on individuals, industries, society, and the economy. In partnership with Ericsson, we will continue to accelerate the telecom sector in the United Arab Emirates and explore innovative 5G use cases.”

The high uplink data rates will enable uplink-centric applications, like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and High-Definition videos, live broadcast from venues or in industrial settings that were earlier difficult to consider over mobile communications. Many uplink-loaded scenarios that involve a high number of smartphone users, such as sports matches, concerts, and other large events, will directly benefit from increased uplink network capacity to deliver a significantly improved user experience.

Ekow Nelson, Vice President of Ericsson Middle East, and Africa, says: “We at Ericsson are committed to enabling our partners monetize their investments in 5G. The significant boost to uplink speeds from this collaboration, opens up new business opportunities for operators and the potential transform traditional business models in media entertainment. We look forward to strengthening our collaboration with e& by bringing enhanced network capabilities to the region.”

5G is creating never-before-seen opportunities for people and businesses by supporting cutting-edge solutions such as e-health, connected vehicles and advanced mobile cloud gaming. Faster connectivity speeds, ultra-low latency and greater bandwidth are driving progress, transforming industries, and dramatically improving day-to-day experiences.

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Source: Ericsson