Nokia and T-Mobile Achieve First 3GPP-compliant Bi-directional 5G-NR Data Transmission

5g-nrNokia and T-Mobile have announced a major milestone in delivering true mobile 5G with the successful completion of the nation's 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.

This test is a big step forward in building REAL 5G that will work on actual smartphones. 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.