StarHub and Huawei achieve speeds of 35Gbps in 5G trials

StarHub and Huawei achieve speeds of 35Gbps in 5G trials [Image: RGAP via iStock]

StarHub, the Singaporean communications company, and Huawei have announced that they have achieved speeds of 35.15Gbps in 5G trials earlier this month.

The field trial was conducted using 2GHz at the e-band, which is between the 60GHz and 90GHz frequencies. It was done using three layers of e-band and 64 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM).

Speaking to ZDNet.com, head of network engineering at StarHub Chong Siew Loong said: “To future-proof our network, we have been trialling gigabit-speed solutions, which, for instance, can deliver over 30Gbps on 5G.”

It comes after Huawei collaborated with M1, another Singapore-based communications company, in the 73GHz band to achieve transit speeds of 35Gbps.

StarHub also previously worked with Nokia to demonstrate in a 'live' setting how 5G cmWave can deliver mobile broadband with an ultra-high speed of 4.3Gbps and latency of just one millisecond. It was completed on Nokia’s AirScale platform.

At the time, Mr Chong said that although 5G was still a distance away, “it will become reality in the time to come”.

StarHub has also announced that it has enabled the embedded SIM (eSIM), causing it to be usable across its 4G LTE-Advanced network in January. This allows customers to connect their wearables – such as smart watches and fitness trackers – without needing to pair with a smartphone using Bluetooth.

This so-called ‘SIM-less’ technology requires a permanently fitted SIM, which is roughly ten times smaller than the commonly used nano SIM, to be pre-installed in wearables.

Mr Chong told ZDNet.com that “download speed is just one measure of network quality; upload performance is as important, as mobile customers increasingly share high-definition videos and photos instantly with the world.”

He went on to add that StarHub was focused on improving the quality and speed of 4G connections, explaining that consumers can currently benefit from peak download speeds of 300Mbps.