C Spire ramps up 5G testing to develop next-generation network
- C Spire begun testing 5G with fiber optic infrastructure and 28 GHz spectrum
- First company to demonstrate a fixed wireless solution using Nokia equipment
- Hit speeds of 2.2 Gbps with 1.4ms latency over 5g wireless link
C Spire is ramping up its efforts to develop and test emerging 5G fixed and mobile technologies that promise to support faster speeds, lower latency and exponentially more Internet-connected devices in its continuing efforts to stay ahead of the needs of tech-hungry consumers and businesses.
The diversified telecom and technology service firm are one of only a handful of U.S. telecommunications operators with fiber optic infrastructure and 28 GHz spectrum assets working to make the next generation of ultra-fast digital connectivity a reality.
Last week, C Spire became the first company to successfully demonstrate a 5G fixed wireless solution in Mississippi using Nokia equipment with a direct connection to its fiber-based commercial television service.
The test delivered C Spire Fiber consumer television content, including ultra-high definition resolution video, with speeds up to 2.2 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and ultra-low latency below 1.4 milliseconds over the 5G wireless link. "This is the kind of real-world application that will help change forever how we live, work and play," said C Spire CTO Stephen Bye.
C Spire plans more real-world trials using candidate 5G technologies and its 28 GHz spectrum later this year and by the middle of next year. The tests and market trials are cooperative efforts with industry partners to help spur the timely development of 5G standards in the coming years.
5G is expected to enhance and compliment the rapidly growing 4G Internet of Things (IoT)-based economy in Mississippi, the U.S. and other parts of the world, Bye said. “We see a future where the Internet and access to the network is front and center for everything we do in our professional and personal lives.”
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