Hungary’s Magyar Telekom yesterday announced the launch of the country’s ‘first standard 5G test station’, located in downtown Zalaegerszeg, using 3.7GHz test spectrum. The gigabit-capable test network is operating under real-life conditions, running on a standardised 5G system and using 5G components ‘ready for commercial launch’, the operator stated on its website. The purpose of the test is to enable Telekom to learn more about the compatibility challenges associated with the new technology and to prepare for its future integration. The experimental 5G standardised network will soon be rolled out to also cover the automotive test track in Zalaegerszeg, in order to test autonomous vehicles using 5G technology. Magyar Telekom and its subsidiary T-Systems Hungary – founding members of Hungary’s private-public ‘5G Coalition’ – signed a cooperation agreement with the government, Zalaegerszeg Municipality and Zala Automotive Test Track back in June 2017.
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