Verizon said Monday that it successfully conducted the first over-the-air call to meet new global 5G standards on licensed spectrum.
The carrier used its millimeter wave spectrum, along with Nokia network technology and a prototype 5G New Radio device from Qualcomm, to complete the call at its facility in Murray Hill, N.J.
The test followed the adoption of 5G New Radio standards by 3GPP in December. Company officials called it an important step toward Verizon’s widespread deployment of 5G technologies.
“With this first 3GPP NR standards-based connection, Verizon continues to lead the development of 5G technology,” Verizon SVP Ed Chan said in a statement. “By partnering with Nokia and Qualcomm to combine 5G technology with our deep millimeter wave spectrum, we’re well on the way to being the first to usher in the next era of wireless communications for customers.”