Verizon, Nokia, Qualcomm Ring Up First 5G Call
Verizon Wireless says it has made the first phone call using 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio technologies over licensed spectrum. The company used a prototype mobile device from Qualcomm with the chip maker's 5G NR radio on board. Verizon didn't specify if the device made use of Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 modem. The call was passed from the mobile device over Verizon's millimeter wave spectrum using Nokia's AirFrame server and AirScale Cloud RAN with 5G NR-compliant software. The call was completed at Nokia's lab in Murray Hill, N.J. The companies all say the successful test will help them push forward as they develop and deploy 5G networks.
Qualcomm Says Snapdragon X50 Modem Is a 5G First
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon X50 5G modem, what it claims is the first "commercial 5G modem chipset" for mobile device makers. The Snapdragon X50 isn't necessarily intended to reach consumer-grade devices.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G Modem to Connect First 5G Networks and Devices
Qualcomm today said various network operators plan to use its Snapdragon X50 5G modem in trials this year, while a number of device makers have selected the X50 for mobile gear due next year. According to Qualcomm, the carriers committed to the X50 include AT&T, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and others.
Qualcomm Plowing Forward with Various 5G NR Techs
Qualcomm today outlined some of the technologies it is testing as it pushes the 3GPP 5G NR standard closer to reality. The company completed one of the first 5G cellular voice calls with partners Verizon Wireless and Nokia earlier this month.
Qualcomm and Nokia Partner to Develop 5G NR Tech
Qualcomm and Nokia today said they plan to jointly test potential 5G technologies in an effort to speed up adoption of the standard. Specifically, the companies intend to conduct over-the-air field trials of 5G New Radio (NR) Release-15, which is still being developed by the 3GPP.