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UPDATE 1-Deutsche Telekom premiers Europe's first 5G antennas

UPDATE 1-Deutsche Telekom premiers Europe's first 5G antennas
From Reuters - October 12, 2017

BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom tested Europes first ultra high speed 5G antennas in a real world setting on Thursday, a milestone in the race to provide the fast response times needed for virtual reality and autonomous driving.

Europes biggest telecoms provider said showed it was ready for a global launch of the technology by 2020, but it still leaves the continent lagging behind South Korea and Japan.

Telekom said it was the first use of the technology in a real world setting in Europe, with speeds of more than 2 gigabits per second to a customer device, as well as a latency of 3 milliseconds on commercial sites.

5G networks, which are expected to provide speeds some 10 to 100 times faster than todays 4G networks, should remove one of the main obstacles to virtual and augmented reality, which need fast response times to stop users feeling queasy.

This is a very decisive developmental step on the way to the global launch of 5G, which is planned for 2020, Telekom board member Claudia Nemat told an event in Berlin. 5G is so important for digitization and for the economy.

The worldwide race to provide 5G is currently being led by South Korea and Japan, which plan to deploy it in the next year or so, followed quickly by the United States where Telekom is the majority owner of No. 3 ranked mobile carrier T-Mobile.

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