Ericsson has become the latest industry player to hitch itself to the 5G bandwagon, announcing that it achieved a 5-Gbps connection speed using technology that could one day find itself deployed in 5G networks.

To reach 5 Gbps, Ericsson employed an unspecified amount of spectrum in the 15-GHz band. The company said its 5G solution uses Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology and new antennas it has developed that tap high frequencies, have wider bandwidths, and shorter transmission time intervals (TTI).

"The development of advanced radio technologies is one of the first critical steps in the realisation of a 5G future," said Johan Wibergh, head of Ericsson's Networks division, in a statement late on Tuesday.

Ericsson showed off its new architecture in front of senior management from SK Telecom and NTT DoCoMo at its lab in Kista, Sweden.

"SK Telecom plans to take the lead in 5G wireless services so we are pleased to see the progress that Ericsson has already made with their live demonstration of 5G performance," said Alex Jinsung Choi, head of SK Telecom's ICT R&D division.

"We are very glad about Ericsson's success in demonstrating the real potential of 5G radio access technologies at this early stage," added Seizo Onoe, NTT DoCoMo's chief technology officer.

With the first 5G deployments expected to commence in 2020, Ericsson is part of a growing group of industry players that is publicly discussing the development of 5G technology.

Its Chinese rivals Huawei and ZTE are working on 5G, as is Samsung.

Meanwhile, DoCoMo has announced plans for indoor 5G trials this year with participation from no fewer than six vendors.

In addition, the European Union has launched a 5G public-private partnership (PPP) in a bid to stimulate 5G research.

Last week it emerged that Google has acquired Alpental Technologies, a millimetre wave (MMW) equipment maker that claims its products could be used in 5G networks.