Ericsson & Qualcomm Conduct 3GPP-compliant 5G-NR Lab Data Call Using the 28 GHz Band

Ericsson & Qualcomm have performed a standards-based, OTA, non-standalone 5G NR lab data call on 28 GHz band using a commercial radio and a smartphone type of device. The 3GPP-compliant, multi-vendor interoperability 5G NR downlink lab data call using the 28 GHz band was achieved at the Ericsson Kista Lab in September and offers further proof of 5G’s commercial readiness.

Over the last few months Ericsson and its partners have successfully conducted 3GPP-compliant interoperability tests on the 3.5 GHz mid-band, 28 GHz, and 39 GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) bands. Access to new high-frequency bands is a key component in providing ultra-high speeds and low latencies. And according to Thomas Noren, Head of 5G Commercialization at Ericsson, by adding 28 GHz to the list of spectrum bands supported and tested by Ericsson’s equipment for initial 5G launches, the company is making it easier for customers to roll out early 5G services to users.

The lab demonstration used Ericsson’s commercially available 5G hardware – including its 5G NR radio AIR5121 and baseband products – together with a mobile test device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem.

The global marketplace is driving demand for additional frequencies, such as the 28 GHz, in order to meet the needs of data-hungry consumers. In February 2018, more than 20 operators were running trials of 5G networks using the 28 GHz band. Service providers, particularly in Europe, South Korea and in the US, are interested in deploying early 5G services on 28 GHz band, starting 2018-2019. The recent lab data call using this frequency band is the latest in a succession of interoperability tests performed with industry partners such as Qualcomm Technologies.

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