TIM tops 4Gbps in 5G speeds

TIM tops 4Gbps in 5G speeds

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TIM confirms that it has achieved the first connection in Europe that exceeds a downlink speed of 4Gbps on a 5G live network.

The new record was achieved over 26GHz millimetre-wave (mmWave) frequencies acquired through Italy's Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE’s) 5G auction.

This European first was carried out in collaboration with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies exceeding the record of 2Gbps achieved in January of last year.

The news follows on from the success TIM achieved in millimetre-wave in Turin in 2017 with the first 5G connection in Italy and in Rome in 2018 with the first 5G videocall in Europe. This also occurred in collaboration with Qualcomm specifically its devices featuring Snapdragon X55 5G modem-RF system with QTM525 mmWave Antenna module and Ericsson Radio System solutions.

In addition to reaching these new speeds, millimetre-wave frequencies provide high network capacity thanks to the wide bandwidth available.

This enables TIM to develop 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services with Gigabit speeds, in particular in areas not yet covered by fixed ultrabroadband, and to deliver dedicated 5G indoor coverage that can be used for vertical applications enabling new Industry 4.0 scenarios based on services.

The news that Italian operators are progressing steps to create a single network delivering fibre to the home (FTTH), will be followed by a merger to create a national wholesale-only fibre network. This entity will be FiberCop, though it might not have a long existence by itself, before further mergers follow.

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