Intel and Ericsson Demonstrate First 5G NR-Compliant Data Call Using the 39 GHz mm-Wave Band

Intel and Ericsson have conducted the first 3GPP New Radio (NR) 5G-compliant live data call over the 39 GHz band using Intel’s RF mm-Wave chip with Ericsson Radio System commercial equipment including the 5G NR radio AIR 5331, baseband and Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform. The 5G trial was the first live multi-vendor data call over 39 GHz spectrum and was demonstrated in labs in Kista, Sweden, and Santa Clara, California.

The 39 GHz band is an important spectrum for North American commercial deployment beginning in 2019 – as all major operators plan to use this band. U.S. operator rollouts using the 39 GHz mmWave band will deliver an ultra-fast experience with 5G data speed. This is expected to drive a new era of communications and customer services.

This latest accomplishment builds on the earlier 3GPP NR-compliant calls undertaken in the 3.5 GHz band by Intel and Ericsson, showing that both companies have moved towards global Interoperability across multiple bands.