T-Mobile and Nokia collaborate on early 5G lab testing and field trial evaluation

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The FINANCIAL — Together with T-Mobile US, Inc., Nokia is developing a pre-standards 5G test network for lab and field trials in the second half of 2016. Nokia already delivers LTE solutions used by T-Mobile, and will now work with the wireless provider to prepare for its next technology evolution and the 5G era.  

T-Mobile and Nokia are using pre-selected spectrum in the 28Ghz band to trial and test 5G components and accompanying use cases that support massive bandwidth capacity and virtual zero latency. This will enable T-Mobile to evaluate emerging 5G technologies and explore new business opportunities of an increasingly connected world, according to Nokia.

Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile, said: “We’re looking forward to working with Nokia to bring 5G capabilities out of the lab and into field trials with LTE technology and spectrum we already have today. Building on investments we’ve made to deliver America’s fastest 4G LTE, this puts us on the path to real 5G use cases once 5G consumer smartphones are available in the 2020+ timeframe.”

Ricky Corker, Head of North America, Nokia, said: “We are excited to work with T-Mobile and contribute together to the standardization of 5G technology. Nokia’s many proofs of concepts and demonstrations have positioned the company as a front-runner in the 5G arena. We have the proven ability to collaborate with industry innovators like T-Mobile to bring cutting-edge technology to market and enhance the customer experience.”


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