Ericsson and Intel, along with AT&T and T-Mobile, will be showcasing 5G technology at the upcoming Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA) event, marking the first public 5G New Radio (NR) over-the-air data call using the 39GHz mmWave band.
The demonstration will use commercially available products, including the Ericsson Radio System AIR 5331 and the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform. The partners have already successfully demonstrated Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G NR interoperability using 39 GHz spectrum, the frequency band that 5G services in North America will be introduced on.
"This accomplishment shows that 5G is ready for business," says Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson. "Together with our partners, we are continuing to prove the readiness of both the underlying technology and the ecosystem."
"This public multi-vendor 5G NR over-the-air data call using 39 GHz mmWave band signifies that we have reached a new level of interoperability," adds Asha Keddy, Vice President and General Manager of Next Generation and Standards at Intel. "This successful over-the-air test using the band that will offer 5G services in North America, also demonstrates the network and ecosystem readiness we have achieved."
The new mmWave bands have required intense interoperability testing of the 3GPP standard.
Igal Elbaz, Senior Vice President, Wireless Technology AT&T, adds: "We congratulate Intel and Ericsson on their progress in achieving this milestone. The 39 GHz system that will be on display at MWCA shows the continuing industry progress in driving from pre-standard systems to standards-based systems across the range of important mmWave bands."
Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer with T-Mobile, says: "We've been working at a fever pace to get commercial 5G ready, reaching one milestone after another. I'm super proud of the team for achieving a multi-vendor 3GPP-based 5G data call using Ericsson's commercial radios and Intel's RF chip."
This milestone follows on the heels of several significant announcements that are accelerating the deployment of commercial 5G networks, including the first end-to-end multi-vendor 5G commercial network data call over licenced 3.5GHz in July 2018.
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