Sprint is working together with Qualcomm Technologies and Nokia for transmission of 5G data.
To that voice call, made over a spectrum of bandwidth 2.5 GHz by using Massive MIMO technology, Sprint has been claiming it as the world’s first over-the-air 5G data transmission.
Global 5G standards on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network were used by the Sprint to conduct the field test on its commercial network in San Diego last week by using a mobile smartphone form-factor test device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem over dual-mode AirScale Massive MIMO radio of Nokia.
During the test, Sprint also streamed videos, sent and received messages and conducted audio and video calls over Skype.
Sprint is in quest of launching its commercial 5G services in first half of 2019, and, as previously announced by the company, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Washington, DC will be the very first cities where 5G services will be launched initially. These markets were chosen by the Sprint due to their high levels of data traffic and company’s holding of required spectrum in these cities. Later on Sprint announced that after initial launch of 5G services in 6 of these cities, it will be subsequently expanded over its hometown of Kansas City, Arizona’s largest city of Phoenix and New York City.
Sprint, in first half of 2019, has also been planning to introduce the first mobile 5G smartphone in the United States by working together with LG Electronics USA, as revealed the company in August last year. And at that time CEO of LG Electronics North America, William Cho stated that 5G experts from Sprint will be helping the LG in designing 5G enabled smartphones and that collaboration will further expand the 20-year partnership of LG with the Sprint.