Keysight, Qualcomm Achieve 10 Gbps Connection Using 5G NR-DC

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Keysight Technologies said it has successfully demonstrated a 10Gbps data connection with Qualcomm, using 5G new radio dual connectivity (NR-DC). The demonstration aggregated 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz spectrum using the Keysight’s network emulation platform and Snapdragon X65 Modem-RF system with Qualcomm QTM545 module.

The NR-DC allows 5G NR devices to concurrently connect and aggregate multiple NR cells, leading to significantly increased data transfer speeds. The demonstration used spectrum in both FR1 and mmWave, which enables 5G user equipment to leverage wide bandwidths and high order modulation. The company said this will improve data transfer speeds of more than 10 Gbps.

Keysight expects this flexible spectrum utilisation will allow telcos to deploy 5G in congested areas.Qualcomm also used Keysight’s 5G Protocol R&D Toolset to establish 5G NR data connection based on 3GPP Rel-16. This allows a connected device ecosystem to develop designs that lead to improved efficiencies in transportation, logistics and manufacturing, as well as providing better cell coverage and connection speeds for consumers.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies to reach another industry-first milestone that lays the foundation for consumers and enterprises to achieve wired-broadband grade speeds in this next phase of 5G,” said Cao Peng, vice president and general manager for Keysight’s wireless test group in a statement.

Peng added, “this accomplishment clearly reflects that the industry has entered the second phase of 5G NR deployment, which will enable advanced wireless communications built on the latest 3GPP Release 16 specification.”

Francesco Grilli, vice president, Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, said, “This achievement builds on the recent milestone Qualcomm Technologies and Keysight realized in March 2021, showcasing 5G low/mid and high band aggregation across key global combinations on a smartphone form-factor device equipped with the Snapdragon X65 using Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions.”