The trial was conducted at the Deutsche Telekom Service Centre in Athens over a hop distance of 1.4km.
It could run at 40 Gbps stably with a latency performance of less than 100ms, placing it within 5G’s goals.
Ericsson described the test as an “important milestone” towards 100 Gbps 5G networking.
“A high-performance transport connection will be key to support high data throughput and enhanced customer experience in next-generation networks,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP Strategy & Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom.
“While fiber is an important part of our portfolio, it is not the only option for backhaul.
“Together with our partners, we have demonstrated fiber-like performance is also possible with wireless backhauling/X-Haul solutions. This offers an important extension of our portfolio of high-capacity, high-performance transport options for the 5G era.”
According to Ericsson’s head of product area networks, Per Narvinge, the trial also highlights that: “higher capacity microwave backhaul will be an important enabler of high-quality mobile broadband services when 5G becomes a commercial reality.”
Last year, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica Deutschland announced a “significant partnership” whereby they will interconnect their mobile and fibre networks.
Through the agreement, around 5,000 Telefonica Deutschland mobile base stations will be connected using Deutsche Telekom’s fibre-optic backhaul which they say will enable 5G upgrades in the future.