First 5G data call made across a commercial mobile network

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Ericsson, Intel and Telstra have successfully completed the first end-to-end non-standalone 5G data call on a commercial mobile network at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast, Australia in a multivendor setup.

The companies said Monday that it was the first 5G call over a 3.5GHz spectrum, bringing all three companies’ core components together for a commercial 5G network call. It also took 5G out of the lab and into a real-world, mobile network environment.

The call used Telstra’s 5G NSA commercial network, licenced 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 for the 5G NR UE.

Ericsson, Telstra and Intel pledged to continue to conduct 5G tests across multiple use cases ahead of the expected 5G commercial network launch by Telstra early next year.

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