Ericsson and MediaTek Perform Standalone 5G Data Call Using the 2.6 GHz Band

In a joint collaboration effort, Ericsson and MediaTek have successfully performed an end-to-end standalone (SA) 5G data call on a chipset using the 2.6 GHz band. It is a key stepping stone for the mobile industry, bringing it closer to enabling commercial SA deployments both for 5G devices and networks.

Following on from the ongoing NSA 5G deployments, the SA alternative will offer service providers the benefits of architectural flexibility and agility, while reducing costs and boosting network performance with automation and cloud-native platform design.

The bi-directional call was made in a lab setting by connecting a MediaTek chipset with an Ericsson Radio System radio AIR 6488 5G using 5G NR commercial software and dual-mode 5G Cloud Core solution. The call was fully compliant with 3GPP’s Release 15 specifications for 5G from December 2018, providing maturity and better support for 5G SA commercial live network launches.

The end-to-end solution, which includes 5G Core for this successful SA data call, will help to accelerate 5G commercialization and enable fresh use cases in new segments. By working with ecosystem partners such as MediaTek on testing the technology of the future, Ericsson is all set to be at the forefront of standalone 5G NR deployments on the strength of its comprehensive 5G portfolio.

Launched in February 2019, Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Cloud Core combines 3GPP network functions from its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and 5G Core offering (5GC) architectures into a common cloud native software platform. This supports 5G New Radio SA and NSA, 4G, 3G and 2G accesses technologies.