Verizon and Nokia this week completed the first over-the-air(OTA), end-to-end data transmission on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network in Washington DC.
The end-to-end OTA 5G data call was made using commercially deployed Nokia radio equipment and Verizon's millimeter wave spectrum and 5G network core to a Nokia test van parked in downtown Washington.
The transmission was part of the two companies' ongoing demonstrations of 5G NR technology before commercial 5G mobile service launches in 2019. In August, Verizon and Nokia completed the first successful transmission of a 3GPP NR 5G signal to a receiver situated in a moving vehicle. In June, they completed a series of outdoor data sessions over the 5G NR standard, and the successful multi-carrier aggregation to boost those signals into Gbps range.
Verizon has announced it will be first to launch 5G residential broadband service in four markets in the U.S. - Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston and Indianapolis - in the second half of 2018, followed by a mobile 5G solution.