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Intel and Ericsson Complete the First 5G NR-Compliant Data Call over 39 GHz Spectrum

Intel Corporation’s Santa Clara, California, laboratory from which company engineers connected the first 3GPP New Radio (NR) 5G-compliant live data call operating over 39GHz band connecting to a lab in Kista, Sweden. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel and Ericsson have announced that they have delivered a first 3GPP New Radio (NR) 5G-compliant live data call operating over the 39 GHz band using Intel’s RF mm-Wave chip with Ericsson Radio System commercial equipment including the 5G NR radio AIR 5331, baseband and Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform. 

The 5G trial was the first live multivendor data call over the 39 GHz spectrum and was demonstrated in labs in Kista, Sweden, and Santa Clara, California.

“This live 5G demonstration on the 39 GHz band signifies how close 5G commercial services are to reality in North America. Using the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform configured with a 39 GHz RF chip/antenna, we successfully demonstrated a 3GPP-compliant data call performed connecting to an Ericsson commercial 5G g-NB base station, an important step in ensuring our commercial platforms are field ready for deployment in 2019.” –Asha Keddy, vice president Next Generation and Standards at Intel.

The partners said the 39 GHz band is an important spectrum for North American commercial deployment beginning in 2019, as major operators including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile US plan to use the band for 5G data services. In July Ericsson and Intel completed the first end-to-end 5G data call using the 3.5GHz band, showing their commitment to global interoperability across multiple bands.

This latest accomplishment builds on the earlier 3GPP NR-compliant calls undertaken at 3.5 GHz between Intel and Ericsson, showing that both companies have moved towards global Interoperability across multiple bands.