Verizon, Nokia and Qualcomm complete first 5G call using 3GPP-compliant NR technology

Verizon, Nokia and Qualcomm complete first 5G call using 3GPP-compliant NR technology
The other day, we told you how Verizon Chairman Lowell McAdam and KT chairman and CEO Chang-Gyu Hwang connected on the first "pre-commercial" 5G video chat during the Super Bowl. As carriers continue the testing process for 5G, today Big Red announced that along with Nokia and Qualcomm, it completed a 5G voice call. With this action, Verizon becomes the first carrier to make such a call using 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) technology over licensed spectrum

The call was made over Verizon’s millimeter wave spectrum using Nokia's 5G network technology. The device used was a 5G NR prototype that was contributed by Qualcomm. The test took place earlier this month at Nokia's facility in Murray Hill, NJ. The 3GPP, or the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, is comprised of organizations that develop global telecommunications standards.

Qualcomm's 5G NR millimeter wave prototype device includes an optimized millimeter wave RF front-end design and features a smartphone-type form factor. Last week, the chipmaker said that it already has 18 smartphone manufacturers lined up to use its Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem next year.

Beginning later this year, Verizon will start offering 5G service over millimeter wave spectrum in 5 markets, starting with Sacramento. This will deliver to customers in those markets "massive bandwidth, ultra-high speed and single digit latency for emerging fixed and mobile use cases."


Earlier this month, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that Sprint will be the first U.S. carrier to offer nationwide mobile 5G service. He said that the service is expected to launch sometime in the first half of 2019.

source: Verizon

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6 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

5G is now the thing, eh? But what about the battery life? 4G chew thorugh my battery like no tomorrow and I don't think I'd appreciate an even more power hungry technology. Gosh I miss The GSM days when our phones would last almost a bloody week on single charge! Oh well, 4,000mAh batteries will be the new norm in upcoming years, I suppose? G'Day!

2. jove39

Posts: 2143; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

LTE move started when 32nm and 28nm process was in use. S845 is built using 10nm LPP, much efficient. And 5G modem is likely to be built on 7nm. Little less power hungry in comparison to 10 nm. I am wondering, what’s use of 5G with data caps in place.

5. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

battery life is much improved.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'll be perfectly honest with you, I was content with 3G network speeds. The media I consume on the go is typically stored locally and not streamed so as long as I'm connected to run map, news, weather, and various productivity apps I'm content. Although I know I'm in the minority with my preference, but if it would mean that I could reduce my monthly cellular bill even more, I wouldn't hesitate to run exclusively on 3G.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2134; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Come on really?!?! First call. You mean they haven't been testing this for years as this news.

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1299; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I used video calling back in 2005 with my Sony Ericsson Z800i on 3G UMTS. Nice that it works on 5G too.

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