The world’s first 5GTF connection

The communications and information technology company, Nokia, has successfully carried out the world’s first connection based on the 5GTF (Verizon 5G Technology Forum) ‘pre-standard’, marking a further milestone in the momentum to make 5G a commercial reality.

The test 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.

The road to 5G

At the end of last year Nokia introduced 4.5G Pro and announced plans for 4.9G, providing operators with the critical increases to capacity and speed that will be needed for future 5G operations.

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The world’s first 5G connection, which took place in a laboratory environment in Oulu, Finland, on 23 December, used the 5GTF draft specification and was made possible by Nokia’s commercially available 5G-ready AirScale radio access, with the Nokia AirFrame data centre platform running on Intel architecture, together with the Intel® 5G mobile trial platform as an end-user device.

Nokia and Intel are leveraging their mutual technology investments in 5G end-to-end architecture to collaborate with service providers across the world and accelerate the development of 5G solutions.

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

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The 5G connection marks yet another step in the evolution of communications: the first GSM call was made in Finland more than 20 years ago using a network built by Nokia.

This tradition continued with the world’s first 3G voice call, on a commercial 3GPP system in Finland in 2001, and then with the world’s first LTE call via commercial software in Germany in 2009.

Harold Graham, head of the 5G business line in mobile networks at Nokia, said: “This first 5G connection is a true landmark for the telecommunications industry…With its low latency and significant capacity and speed increases, 5G will deliver a variety of new and innovative applications”.

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is the editor for Information Age. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and cyber security.

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