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TIM, Ericsson set European record for 5G speed

William Payne
January 16, 2020

Italian telecoms operator TIM SpA and Ericsson, together with Qualcomm, have successfully completed Europe’s first connection overcoming the 2 Gbps speed barrier on a 5G live commercial network. The connection was completed on a 26 Gigahertz (GHz) millimetre-wave (mmWave) frequency acquired by TIM as part of the Italian government’s 5G bid.

TIM reports that it expects the performance of its 5G network to improve significantly throughout 2020 as the network will be able to use up to 800 MHz and afterwards up to 1000 MHz. 

The company forecasts that this level of performance will create new Industry 4.0 scenarios with exceptionally fast services, extremely low latency and high levels of security and reliability.

Michele Gamberini, TIM’s Chief Technology and Information Officer, says: “TIM has been a pioneer of mmWave spectrum innovation and with this new European 5G record, the company confirms its technological leadership. Thanks to our innovation and cutting-edge network infrastructure, we are enabling the entire country’s digital transformation. This milestone paves the way for the development of new 5G solutions to grant fixed ultra-broadband to families, companies and public authorities not yet covered. This also includes coverage dedicated to the development of robotics and automation of digital services in the smart manufacturing sector. All of our customers will therefore be able to take advantage of a wide range of integrated solutions that will allow them to fully enter the digital society.”

Emanuele Iannetti, Country Manager at Ericsson Italy, says: “5G will be the main innovation platform of the next decade and it will allow Italy to be increasingly competitive and attractive on the global stage. We are extremely pleased that TIM has chosen Ericsson's 5G technology to achieve this important milestone, placing our country at the forefront of 5G commercial implementation. This confirms our technological leadership and readiness to anticipate new market demands.”