Ericsson, Intel Demo 5G NR Data Call (NSA) using Commercial Gears

Ericsson, Intel Demo 5G NR Data Call (NSA) using Commercial Gears Image Credit: Ericsson

Ericsson and Intel in collaboration with early-moving 5G service providers have completed an end-to-end, non-standalone(NSA) 5G NR data call on the 3.5GHz band.

This latest demonstration – a bi-directional call on both downlink and uplink streams – was completed at the Ericsson Lab in Kista, Sweden on July 6, 2018. This milestone brings 5G one step closer to commercial reality.

Ericsson and its partners used for the first time Ericsson’s commercially available equipment, including the 5G NR radio 6488, baseband and Packet Core supporting 5G EPC. The demonstration also included the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform for the 5G NR UE, which allows for quick implementation of the latest air interfaces and communication protocols.

Last month, Ericsson, Intel and China Mobile completed the first successful standalone (SA) 5G call based on the new interoperability standard for SA.

Nishant Batra, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson
The work carried out by Ericsson engineers together with our partners is laying the groundwork for the commercial readiness of 5G. We continue to drive the establishment of an ecosystem that will ensure this technology is a commercial success.

Asha Keddy, VP and GM, Next Generation and Standards, Intel
Intel and the industry have worked closely together on the finalization of the 3GPP 5G R15 standard and now we will collaborate to help operators accelerate their 5G networks, as Intel evolves its LTE modem line-up toward the Intel XMM 8000 series modem by 2019.

Executive Editor of The Fast Mode | 5G | IoT/M2M | Telecom Strategy | Mobile Data Innovations 

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