Nokia and Qualcomm announced completion of 5G interoperability testing in the 3.5Ghz and 28Ghz spectrum at Nokia's 5G center of excellence in Oulu, Finland.
Commercially available Nokia AirScale base station and device prototypes from Qualcomm were used in the testing that is based on global 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 standard.
Focusing on the commercialization of 5G technology,the testing will provide the basis for 5G NR field trials with operators in 2018.
Nokia, Qualcomm Technologies and operators including BT/EE, Deutsche Telekom, Elisa, KT, LGU+, NTT DOCOMO, Optus, SKT, Telia and Vodafone Group are already committed to working together in verifying and trialing 5G NR technology.
In line with Qualcomm Technologies' and Nokia's announcement in September 2017 to collaborate on 5G NR and with the success of these recent tests, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies continue working closely in driving the industry, leading to widescale 5G deployments in 2019 based on 3GPP standard-compliant 5G infrastructure and devices.
This will enable timely commercial network launches in 2019, in particular in the United States, China, Japan, Korea and Europe.