The two partners said that the 5G trial was demonstrated in labs in Kista, Sweden, and Santa Clara, California

Intel and Ericsson announced they have delivered what it claims to be a first 3GPP 5G New Radio-compliant live data call operating over the 39 GHz band.

The two partners said the live data call used 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 demo was conducted 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,” said Asha Keddy, vice president of Next Generation and Standards at Intel.

“Completing this end-to-end data call on 39 GHz with Intel shows our commitment to realizing 5G in different spectrum bands,” said Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson. “In July, we did it on 3.5 GHz and now on 39 GHz, which will smoothen the path to 5G for our customers. Using commercial 5G radios for this multivendor interoperability milestone shows our progress towards making 5G a commercial reality,” he said.

In July, Australian operator Telstra, working with Ericsson and Intel, claimed the first end-to-end 5G non-standalone 3GPP data call on a commercial mobile network. This commercial 5G call included Telstra’s 5G NSA commercial network, licensed 3.5GHz commercial spectrum, Ericsson’s commercial 5G NR radio 6488, baseband and packet core for 5G EPC, a personal Telstra SIM card and the Intel 5G mobile trial platform.

Intel highlighted that the 39 GHz band is an important spectrum for North American commercial deployment beginning in 2019, as all major operators in this market plan to use this band. U.S. operator rollouts using 39 GHz mmWave will deliver an ultra-fast experience with 5G data speed, the chipmaker said in a statement.

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