Technology milestones: showcasing 5G NR interoperability

Ericsson have been a key contributor to the standardization of 5G. We are committed to rapidly applying these standards to our technology development and accelerate the commercial deployment of standard-based 5G networks, and thanks to our great partner collaborations our networks are verified to work with the most number of 5G smartphones.


Commercial 5G NR equipment

Ericsson researchers top 4.3Gbps downlink on 5G millimeter wave

With a technical specification comprising 8 component carriers (8CC) aggregating 800MHz of millimeter wave spectrum, Ericsson achieved peak rates of 4.3Gbps – the fastest 5G speed to date – during interoperability testing. Ericsson Radio System Street Macro 6701 delivered data with downlink speeds of 4.3Gbps over-the-air, using a 5G smartphone form factor test device powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X55 5G Modem-RF System.

T-Mobile, Ericsson and Intel successfully complete first 5G call on 600 MHz

The first 5G data video call over 600 MHz included successful uplink and downlink communication and was carried out on a live commercial network. During the tests, Ericsson, Intel and T-Mobile generated a 5G signal capable of covering more than a thousand square miles from a single tower.

Ericsson Spectrum Sharing used on live 5G call between Switzerland and Australia

Ericsson Spectrum Sharing moved closer to commercial reality after an OPPO 5G smartphone was added to its 5G ecosystem and successfully tested in an intercontinental 5G data call on live 5G networks. Ecosystem partners Qualcomm Technologies, Swisscom and Telstra also played key roles in this milestone, which highlighted the value of dynamic spectrum sharing to the industry.

Ericsson, Swisscom, and Qualcomm move commercial 5G spectrum sharing closer

Ericsson, Swisscom and Qualcomm successfully carried out the first over-the-air spectrum sharing 5G data call with a service provider, at Swisscom’s Digital Lab on October 31. The call was enabled by Ericsson Spectrum Sharing (ESS).

Ericsson and Qualcomm achieve commercial standalone 5G milestone

The transition to the second phase of commercial 5G – standalone 5G – is a major step closer following the successful completion of a standalone 5G data connection by Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies.

Breakthrough 5G data call using dynamic spectrum sharing to accelerate nationwide 5G deployments

Cost-effective and efficient solutions that enable a smooth transition from 4G to 5G have been part of Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies’ pioneering 5G approach from day one. With Ericsson Spectrum Sharing and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 5G Mobile Platforms, service providers can tap spectrum currently used for 4G to launch nationwide 5G coverage with a simple network software upgrade.

Ericsson, China Telecom and MediaTek achieve 5G SA data call with commercial chipset-based terminal

Ericsson and China Telecom have successfully achieved a 5G Standalone (SA) end-to-end data call on the service provider’s 5G trial network in Hangzhou using a commercial chipset-based terminal from MediaTek.

Ericsson and Qualcomm complete 5G data call on 2.6 GHz band

Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have achieved a non-standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) data call on 2.6 GHz, adding a new frequency band to those successfully tested for commercial deployment.

Swisscom, Ericsson, Qualcomm and WNC successfully test 5G smartphone prototype on live 5G network

5G devices are a step closer to becoming reality today, November 8, as several major communications industry players joined forces with Swisscom to achieve a global first by connecting a smartphone prototype to a live non-laboratory 3.5 GHz 5G network for the first time. Swisscom’s 5G network is equipped with Ericsson’s commercially available 5G New Radio hardware and software radio, transport and core network solutions.

28 GHz joins range of spectrum bands ready for initial 5G rollouts

Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies have achieved a standard-based, over-the-air, non-standalone (NSA) 5G NR lab data call on 28 GHz band using commercial radio and a smartphone form factor device. With this latest milestone, all the main spectrum bands – including 3.5, 28 and 39 GHz – are now in place for initial 5G launches.

First 3GPP-compliant 5G data call with smartphone form factor test device on 39 GHz

Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies have further illustrated the commercial readiness of 5G technology by successfully conducting over-the-air, a non-standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) lab data call with a smartphone mobile form factor device on 39 GHz mmWave band.

First 3GPP-based end-to-end, multivendor NR 5G live data call on 39 GHz

Riding on the momentum of successful 5G trials, Ericsson and Intel have delivered the first 3GPP-compliant end-to-end, multivendor New Radio (NR) 5G data call over the 39 GHz spectrum band in a lab environment.

First multi-vendor, end-to-end 5G commercial data call on 3.5GHz

Ericsson, Telstra and Intel have taken 5G out of the lab and into a real-world commercial production network to achieve the first 5G non-standalone (NSA) 3GPP end-to-end data call in a multi-vendor setup.

Pre-commercial 5G NR equipment

5G NR standalone multi-vendor interoperability demonstrated

Ericsson and Intel together with China Mobile have successfully demonstrated the first 3GPP-compliant, multi-vendor Standalone (SA) 5G New Radio (NR) call. The interoperability demonstration followed the completion of the 5G NR Standalone specifications by 3GPP. The live demonstration with different players in the ecosystem marks another milestone on the path to 5G commercialization.

Global mobile industry leaders achieve multi-band 5G NR NSA

The interoperability demonstrations mark an important technology milestone toward standard-compliant trials. It is also a proof point of the ongoing industry collaboration to accelerate 5G NR for commercial network launches starting 2019.

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