Sprint touted completion of a 5G OTA data transmission on its live network in San Diego, in what CTO John Saw billed as a big step forward in the operator’s plan to launch next generation service in the coming months.
The field test was conducted using 2.5GHz spectrum on Sprint’s commercial network with radio equipment from Nokia and a mobile test device from Qualcomm. Sprint said the trial demonstrated a successful handoff between 4G and 5G connectivity while streaming video, conducting Skype audio and video calls, and sending instant messages.
“Sprint 5G is now out of the lab and in the field as we prepare for our commercial launch in the first half of this year,” Saw said in a statement.
Nokia North America CTO Mike Murphy noted Sprint’s use of 2.5GHz spectrum for 5G will allow it to reuse existing 4G sites to provide both indoor and outdoor coverage: “This first standards-based call is thus a critical step towards Sprint’s offering of a 5G service to its customers.”
T-Mobile US recently claimed a similar milestone with what it said was the world’s first 5G data call and video call using 600MHz spectrum.Subscribe to our daily newsletter