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Nokia entrenches 5G with world's first 5GTF connection

Nokia also affirmed it has successfully carried out the world's first connection based on the Fifth Generation Technical Forum (5GTF) 'pre-standard', marking a further milestone in Nokia's momentum to make 5G a commercial reality, reports ITRealms.

The test, ITRealms gathered, adds another key component to the development of 5G and the implementation of the first 5G applications, demonstrating the ability to provide fast pace implementation according to early standards including device interoperability.

Recalling that Nokia plays a leading role in defining the path to 5G with last quarter witnessing the introduction of 4.5G Pro and announced plans for 4.9G, thus providing operators with the critical increases to capacity and speed that will be needed for future 5G operations.

Head of the 5G Business Line in Mobile Networks at Nokia, Harold Graham, was quoted in a press statement available to ITRealms that the world's first 5G connection, took place in a laboratory environment in Oulu, Finland, on 23 December, using the 5GTF (Verizon 5G Technology Forum) draft specification and was made possible by Nokia's commercially available 5G-ready AirScale radio access with the Nokia AirFrame data center platform running on Intel architecture, together with the Intel 5G mobile trial platform as an end-user device.

He also said that data transmission on a 5G network is a significant milestone in the commercialization of the new wireless 5G technology, and indeed in the cross-industry efforts being made by all players in the 5G ecosystem to standardize all aspects of 5G ahead of full commercial service launches expected to begin in 2020 on 3GPP NR.

The 5G connection, Graham said, marks yet another Nokia contribution to the evolution of communications; noting the first GSM call was made in Finland more than 20 years ago using a network built by Nokia.

This tradition, he said, has continued with the world's first 3G voice call, on a commercial 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) system in Finland in 2001, and then with the world's first Long Term Evolution (LTE) call via commercial software in Germany in 2009.

"This first 5G connection is a true landmark for the telecommunications industry, and yet another mark of Nokia's capabilities in 5G. With its low latency and significant capacity and speed increases, 5G will deliver a variety of new and innovative applications, and Nokia is playing leading roles in all aspects of the total 5G proposition. This 'first' highlights our commitment to being on the front line in providing our customers 5G-ready technologies so that they can seize early market opportunities by building 5G-enabled applications," he said.

The solution deployed in the test, he further said, include Nokia AirScale radio access, BTS with system module and radio unit running early 5G software, with 100 Mega Hertz (MHz) frequency band on 28 Gega Hertz (GHz); Nokia AirFrame data center solution, Intel 5G mobile trial platform designed to support sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G Bands; 2 or 4 layer MIMO, Up to 800MHz channel bandwidth.

As said by him, the 5G-TF has been designed to support all pre-standard specifications trending to a common 3GPP NR standard as well as video streaming over the air to the device.


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