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Technology milestones: showcasing 5G NR interoperability

Essential parts of the 5G standard have been completed with the approval of 5G New Radio (NR) specifications for non-standalone and standalone deployments of 5G. Ericsson is a key contributor to the standardization process. We are committed to rapidly applying these standards to our technology development and accelerate the commercial deployment of standard-based 5G networks. We have achieved interoperability between Ericsson Radio System commercial radios and the 5G test devices of our ecosystem partners on all main spectrum bands, including 3.5, 28 and 39 GHz for initial 5G launches.

Commercial 5G NR equipment

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.

5G standardization

The 5G standardization process is highly innovative and complex. Ericsson’s pioneering research and early collaborations with academia and other industries provide essential input for developing a standard that meets the needs of industries and society.

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5G deployment considerations

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