Nokia claims ‘first’ 5GTF connection

Trial in Oulu, Finland makes first connection conforming to 5GTF interface specification for 'pre-standard' 5G applications, marking major milestone towards 3GPP 5G New Radio

Nokia claims ‘first’ 5GTF connection

Nokia is claiming to have chalked up another 5G ‘first’ after carrying out a connection based on the 5GTF 'pre-standard'. The 5G connection, which took place in a laboratory environment in Oulu, Finland, on 23 December 2016, used the 5GTF (Verizon 5G Technology Forum) draft specification.

The test was made possible by Nokia's 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 said 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.

Data transmission on a 5G network is a significant milestone in the commercialisation of the new wireless 5G technology, and 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 (New Radio).

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, 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."

The test used the following solutions:

• Nokia AirScale radio access, BTS with system module and radio unit running early 5G software, with 100 MHz frequency band on 28 GHz
• Nokia AirFrame data centre 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
• Designed to support all pre-standard specifications trending to a common 3GPP NR standard
• Video streaming over the air to the device.

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