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Swisscom, WNC, Ericsson present first 5G smartphone prototype on 5G network

Friday 9 November 2018 | 10:34 CET | News

Swisscom has connected a smartphone prototype featuring a Qualcomm 5G midband modem to a live 5G network, rolled out in cooperation with Ericsson. At the same time, a hotspot from Taiwan company WNC featuring the identical modem was also connected to the live 5G network, representing another world first. Lucerne, Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and Geneva have followed Burgdorf to become test locations for the next generation of mobile communications.

Under the expansion of Swisscom's 5G network, selected parts of Lucerne, Bern, Geneva and Zurich have joined Burgdorf in being connected live to the network on a test frequency. In autumn 2017, in cooperation with Ericsson, Swisscom presented the first laboratory applications. Now, they are taking the next step by presenting a 5G smartphone prototype for the first time in real conditions on their 5G network. By the end of 2019, Swisscom plans to gradually roll out 5G to 60 cities and communities across Switzerland.

In 2017, 5G test devices still weighed a ton and measured one cubic metre. Now, for the first time, Swisscom is presenting compact 5G devices: a smartphone prototype by Qualcomm and a mobile hotspot of Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron NeWeb. Swisscom successfully connected the two devices to its live 5G network in Lucerne outside a laboratory environment. 

According to Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm, this is the first 5G NR OTA connection worldwide between devices and a live operator network using 3.5 GHz spectrum, marking an important milestone for the mobile industry in Europe to help enable OEMs and operators deliver 5G networks and devices in the first half of 2019.

As CEO Swisscom Urs Schaeppi explained, this modem, or chipset, will soon be inside the first 5G smartphones. The 5G-ready smartphone is not yet on the market. Experts expect to see the first 5G smartphones coming to the market in summer 2019. 


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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Ericsson / Qualcomm / Swisscom / Wistron NeWeb
Countries: Switzerland
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