From MediaTek: World's first multi-vendor 5G NR standalone data call
In a collaboration between MediaTek, T-Mobile, Ericsson, Nokia and Cisco, together we have achieved the world’s first 5G NR standalone call in a multi-vendor environment.
The environment mirrors a 5G standalone (SA) deployment in T-Mobile’s cellular network in North America, taking a significant step towards making 5G standalone networks a reality. This call was conducted in a realistic carrier test environment and builds on the momentum of MediaTek and Ericsson’s standalone 5G call using the 2.6GHz band in May 2019. Both MediaTek and T-mobile are committed to continuing the collaboration, which is helping drive 5G network deployment.
5G initially launched as a non-standalone (NSA) architecture that combines 4G LTE and 5G connectivity, but will quickly be superseded by 5G standalone networks.
The call was completed using a device containing MediaTek's Helio M70 5G modem: a multi-mode (2G-5G) modem that supports both standalone and non-standalone (SA/NSA) sub-6GHz (5G NR) networks.
Earlier this year, MediaTek also announced its groundbreaking 5G system-on-chip (SoC) that, among other high-end CPU, GPU and AI processors, integrates the 5G technologies from the M70. Designed to power the first wave of high-end 5G smartphones it will be in smartphones starting in Q1 2020 - matching the timeframe for wide deployment of 5G NR networks.
Standalone 5G NR, coupled with a new 5G core, will lead to better coverage and better capacity, plus the potential of ultra-low latency connections. It will pave the way to supercharge applications that require real-time responses and massive connectivity such as mobile augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), cloud gaming, smart factories and meters and even connected vehicles. The network evolution also provides improved performance and response time to end-users.
Looking to integrate MediaTek products with your design? Our Applications Engineers offer free design and technical help for your latest designs. Contact us today!
Stay up to date with industry and supplier news!