Ericsson makes first 5G call to a smartphone

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Ericsson has announced that it has carried out the first 5G call to a mobile device the size of a smartphone in its laboratory in Stockholm. The network supplier previously worked together with chip manufacturer Qualcomm.

According to Ericsson, it would be the first 3GPP compatible 5G New Radio (5G NR) millimeter wave (mmWave) over-the-air call to a mobile device. The 39 GHz mmWave spectrum band and Ericsson’s 5G NR Air 5331 radio and baseband products were used. Qualcomm supplied the Snapdragon X50 5G modem for the mobile testing device.

According to Ericsson and Qualcomm, trials such as this will pave the way for commercial launches of infrastructure that meets 5G NR standards, as well as smartphones and other mobile devices. In addition, these early tests and milestones would allow operators and OEMs worldwide to perform field tests using their own networks and devices.


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Earlier this week, Ericsson announced the addition of three new products to its 5G hardware and software portfolio, including Spectrum Sharing between 4G and 5G bands, new Street Macro solutions for mmWave deployments and RAN Compute.

Last week Ericsson also announced a 5G partnership with Juniper Networks, an IOT partnership with Sprint, the acquisition of the US service insurance technology company Cenx and the completion of a 5G call with Swisscom in Switzerland. Ericsson also announced in June a 5G data call via a commercial mobile network in partnership with Telstra and Intel.

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