Euro test will be certainly be closely watched by Comcast, Charter and other U.S. telecoms aiming to provide fiber infrastructure to 5G networks

Making an announcement that will certainly be heard by aspiring U.S. providers of fiber backhaul, Ericsson announced that it has teamed with Deutsche Telekom to produce 40 Gbps speeds data transmission speeds and sub 100-microsecond latency with wireless backhaul.

Ericsson said the test recently took place at the Deutsche Telekom Service Center in Athens. The test used millimeter wave transmission over a distance of 1.4 kilometers.

”While fiber is an important part of our portfolio, it is not the only option for backhaul,” said Alex Jinseng Choi, senior VP of strategy and technology innovation for Deutsche Telekom, in a statement.

“Together with our partners, we have demonstrated fiber-like performance is also possible with wireless backhauling/X-Haul solutions,” Choi added.

Noted Per Narvinger, head of product area networks for Ericsson: “Microwave continues to be a key technology for mobile transport by supporting the capacity and latency requirements of 4G and future 5G networks. Our joint innovation project shows that higher capacity microwave backhaul will be an important enabler of high-quality mobile broadband services when 5G becomes a commercial reality.”

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