T-Mobile, Nokia Claim First Bi-directional OTA 3GPP-based 5G Data Session

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T-Mobile and Nokia have completed what they claim as the first bi-directional over-the-air 5G data session on a 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) system in T-Mobile’s Bellevue lab.

The test was successfully conducted with a user equipment simulator and Nokia’s 3GPP-compliant high-capacity 5G solution in the 28 GHz band.  

The 5G data transmission was conducted with the Nokia AirScale baseband and radio, AirFrame server, and AirScale Cloud RAN running 5G NR 3GPP-compliant software. This same solution has been fully proven in T-Mobile’s environment through ongoing lab and field trials, such as T-Mobile’s deployment of its first inter-vendor 5G test platform.    

Real 5G promises to enable faster speeds, massive connectivity, decade long battery life for sensors and super responsive and reliable networks for customers. This will unleash VR and AR experiences on-demand, driverless vehicles, medical monitoring, advanced industrial automation services, and so much more – all requiring ubiquitous low latency connectivity. 

Necille Ray, CTO, T-Mobile
This test is a big step forward in building REAL 5G that will work on actual smartphones. We’re excited to continue our work with Nokia to move the future of wireless forward and bring 5G to customers.

Marc Rouanne, President of Mobile Networks, Nokia
This successful 3GPP compliant over-the-air data transmission represents an important step for T-Mobile and the commercialization of 5G. By building on the tests Nokia has previously conducted with T-Mobile, T-Mobile is well on its way to 5G commercial deployment.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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