In its path to the commercialization of 5G, Verizon worked with Nokia and Qualcomm to conduct over-the-air calls on a 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) using licensed spectrum. The company says this is an important milestone in the development of 5G and will prepare its network for widespread implementation of commercial 5G mobile services for consumers and enterprises.
Verizon completes first call using 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio technology, claiming itself as the first network provider to demonstrate the technology.
The test used Nokia’s 5G network technology on a 5G NR prototype device provided by Qualcomm Technologies. This prototype device includes an optimized millimeter wave RF front-end design in a smartphone form factor.
Conducted this month at Nokia’s New Jersey test facility, the test was completed over Nokia’s CloudRAN solution, which is comprised of the Nokia AirScale baseband and radio, AirFrame server, and AirScale Cloud RAN running 5G NR 3GPP-compliant software.
Commented Ed Chan, senior vice president and chief technology architect, Corporate Network & Technology, Verizon. “By partnering with Nokia and Qualcomm to combine 5G technology with our deep millimeter wave spectrum, we’re well on the way to being the first to usher in the next era of wireless communications for customers.”
“Nokia’s 3GPP-compliant high-capacity 5G solution supports pioneering operators like Verizon in leveraging their assets to make a true difference with 5G for their customers,” said Marc Rouanne, president of Mobile Networks, Nokia. “Using the successful interoperability testing we conducted with Qualcomm as a basis, we’re now applying our standard-compliant 5G technology in this trial with Verizon to push the commercialization of 5G.”
“Qualcomm Technologies is committed to supporting the launch of standard-based commercial 5G networks and products beginning in 2019,” said Joe Glynn, vice president of business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The successful completion of standard-compliant 5G NR millimeter wave testing with leading mobile industry innovators such as Nokia and Verizon prove that we are well on the path to making this a reality.”