Berlin — Deutsche Telekom tested Europe’s 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. Europe’s 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. The 5G networks, which are expected to provide speeds of 10 to 100 times faster than today’s 4G networks. This 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 ...

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