Sprint & Nokia to Demonstrate First 2.5 GHz 5G-NR Connection Using Massive MIMO at MWCA18

Nokia and Sprint will be demonstrating the first ever 5G NR connection over a dual mode-capable Massive MIMO radio in the US. To be shown at Sprint's booth during Mobile World Congress Americas, the companies will use Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum, Nokia's commercial AirScale Base Station and Massive MIMO Active Antenna, and a VIAVI TM500 5G test device emulator. The demonstration will highlight Sprint's approach using its 2.5 GHz spectrum and game-changing Massive MIMO technology to deploy mobile 5G in the first half of 2019.

This first live 5G NR system connection using a Massive MIMO Active Antenna that can support up to 120 MHz of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band (In the US). The Nokia AirScale Massive MIMO Active Antenna is expected to deliver up to 3 Gbps peak downlink throughput for a single sector over 5G and LTE simultaneously using Sprint's spectrum. This enables Sprint to offer both 4G LTE and 5G on the same radio to continue meeting its customers' demand for unlimited data and high-bandwidth applications. 5G will enable a great experience using 4K and 8K video streaming, and applications such as HD Virtual Reality.

Massive MIMO, invented by Nokia Bell Labs, will be on display with the live 5G NR connection demonstration. Nokia and Sprint will also be showcasing other 5G demonstrations at Sprint's booth, including low latency use cases for public safety and car platooning, and an Augmented Reality demo for Enterprise. Nokia will also be showing a variety of innovative 5G demonstrations at the Nokia booth.

Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from Sept. 12-14, 2018.

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