Our 5G firsts
We are rapidly approaching widespread 5G commercial reality. Through a series of significant technology and interoperability achievements, Ericsson has opened 5G up for first movers – taking this technology out of the lab and into a commercial network environment.
DOCOMO and Ericsson succeed in world’s first trial to achieve a cumulative 20Gbps with two simultaneously connected mobile devices.
- Ericsson behind the first comprehensive book about 5G: “5G Mobile and Wireless Communications”
DOCOMO and Ericsson perform successful Proof of Concept of dynamic 5G network slicing
Ericsson supports Verizon in completing first 5G radio specification. Verizon announced completion of its 5G radio specification - the first U.S. carrier to do so. The specification is the product of collaboration within Verizon's 5G Technology Forum, of which Ericsson is a part.
- We commercialized the world's first 5G NR radio for massive MIMO, called Ericsson AIR 6468.
Ericsson first to showcase 5G in Thailand, with the first live 5G end-to-end demonstration in Thailand using Ericsson’s 5G test bed and 5G ready core.
Ericsson and Orange demonstrate speeds beyond 10Gbps in live 5G field trial, a first for France.
- 5G goes live in the Port of Tallinn. In the first public, live 5G network in Europe, Telia, Ericsson and Intel Corporation are delivering high-speed connectivity to Tallink’s cruise ships in the Port of Tallinn in Estonia.
Ericsson and Magyar Telekom demonstrate first 5G link in Hungary.
Ericsson and Telstra conduct world’s first 5G data call on 26GHz.
The first live UK pre-standard 5G test: Vodafone UK and Ericsson, in partnership with academics at King’s College London, successfully test standalone pre-standard 5G using a prototype device in a central London 3.5 GHz spectrum field trial.
- Industry leaders announced the completion of the first 5G NR standard – the non-standalone (NSA) operation – setting the stage for full-scale development of 5G New Radio (NR).
Ericsson, Intel, China Mobile Research Institute and China Mobile Jiangsu Company successfully conduct the first live 3GPP-compliant Standalone (SA) 5G New Radio (NR) interoperability tests at Ericsson Lab in Beijing.
- The 3GPP concluded the standalone (SA) Release 15 5G specifications, another landmark in the standardization of 5G technology. Ericsson was a key figure in this standardization process and moved quickly to ensure interoperability between Ericsson Radio System commercial radios and the 5G test devices of our ecosystem partners. These tests have been conducted on all the main spectrum bands that will be deployed during the initial 5G launches, including 3.5, 28 and 39 GHz.
- Ericsson, Telstra and Intel successfully completed the first end-to-end 5G non-standalone (NSA) 3GPP data call on a commercial mobile network. The call was the first of its kind over 3.5 GHz spectrum, bringing together the core components from multiple companies required for a real commercial 5G network call.
- Riding on their recent success with the 3.5GHz band, Ericsson and Intel announced another milestone – the first 3GPP-based end-to-end, multivendor NR 5G live data call on 39GHz. The 39 GHz band is an important spectrum for 5G commercial rollouts in North America.
Ericsson and Qualcomm add 28 GHz to menu of bands ready for 5G early movers. This milestone means that the main spectrum bands – including 3.5, 28 and 39 GHz – are now in place for the first pioneering 5G launches.
- With MTN South Africa, we announced the first 5G customer trial deployment in South Africa.
- TIM, together with us and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., completed the first 5G connection in Italy on TIM’s live network using the country’s first 5G prototype smartphone.
- Swisscom, Ericsson, Qualcomm and WNC joined forces to achieve a global first by connecting a smartphone prototype to a live non-laboratory 3.5 GHz 5G network for the first time
- At exactly midnight on December 1, the first commercial 5G signal went live through Ericsson 5G radio system in South Korea.
- We launched Sweden's first live 5G network with Telia Company and KTH Royal Institute of Technology on the KTH campus in Stockholm that will serve as an innovation and research platform for the academia and partner companies.
TIM and Ericsson make 5G NR video call using mmWave spectrum--the first of its kind in Europe
T-Mobile, Ericsson and Intel successfully complete first 5G call on 600 MHz, marking another milestone for Ericsson and T-Mobile on the road to offering commercial 5G services throughout the US.
- 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.
As the first 5G networks go live this year, 5G first movers can anticipate vast new opportunities to expand their business and shape the market. Ericsson’s portfolio is ready to support those service providers who are leading the way in 5G.