T-Mobile and Nokia complete first bi-directional over the air 5G data session


T-Mobile is continuing its effort to roll out a 5G network by reaching a new milestone in partnership with Nokia.

T-Mobile says that it’s completed the nation’s first bi-directional over the air 5G data dession on a 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) system. The test was conducted in T-Mobile’s lab in Bellevue, WA.

When it comes to the equipment used, T-Mo utilized the Nokia AirScale baseband and radio, AirFrame server, and AirScale Cloud RAN with 5G NR 3GPP-compliant software. Also of note is that the test was conducted in the 28GHz band.

Here’s what T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray had to say about the completion of this test:

“This test is a big step forward in building REAL 5G that will work on actual smartphones. We’re excited to continue our work with Nokia to move the future of wireless forward and bring 5G to customers!”

And here’s Marc Rouanne, president of Nokia’s Mobile Networks division:

“This successful 3GPP compliant over-the-air data transmission represents an important step for T-Mobile and the commercialization of 5G. By building on the tests Nokia has previously conducted with T-Mobile, T-Mobile is well on its way to 5G commercial deployment.”

T-Mobile is aggressive in its desire to get a 5G wireless network built out, having said that it plans to begin deploying 5G coverage in 30 cities in 2018. Those cities include New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Las Vegas. And while you’ll have to wait until 2019 before you can buy a phone that can actually use that 5G network, it’s still exciting to hear T-Mobile reaching milestones in its 5G testing and getting closer to deploying its 5G coverage in the wild.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • steveb944

    I guess next year is when I finally have to upgrade and leave my beloved V20 behind.

    • marque2

      That is a tough call. Wait until early next year and get a 600Mhz enabled phone or wait until the end of next year for a really expensive 5g phone.

  • Kevin

    Anyone having problem login in to My T-Mobile online account or is it just me?
    I just activated a prepaid line and trying to login to manage my account detail but it wouldn’t let me. It keeps saying my # isn’t correct.

    • aglee89

      I have heard people having issues with that, try uninstalling and reinstaling.My T-mobile Tuesdays wasn’t working and I had to uninstall/reinstall. Hope it helps

    • riverhorse

      Its system forced a pw change “it looks like you’ve been using your present pw too long without a change, click Next to xxxxx” (I actually hadn’t logged in over a year or two). Got emailed a reset link with the undignified “looks like you’ve forgotten your password”.
      Apart from that no other issues.

  • If they’re partnering with Nokia to do these tests, they need to partner with Nokia to bring their phones back to T-Mobile. Those were the days.

    • Brandon

      Nokia phones used to be everything back in the day.

      • KMB877

        Correct! I used to look with pity in my eyes to Samsung, Ericsson, Motorola, Alcatel and Samsung.

        • marque2

          Wow you pitied Samsung twice as much!

      • Acdc1a

        My experience with the 6 last year tells me that they’ll become a household name again soon.

    • KMB877

      Nokia Group Communications makes communication equipment (let’s say towers). The Group doesn’t fabricate or sell cellphones.
      An other company called HMD Global is ordering cellphones to the Chinese manufacturer Foxconn and is paying royalties to Nokia Communications for using the name Nokia.
      So, it’s possible to see Nokia phones sold by T-mobile, but only partnering with HMD Global. On the other hand, middle of May – HMD stated their intention to start selling Nokia 6 in US but not through carries, but directly (maybe BestBuy, Amazon, etc). This is contrary HMD’s CEO statement “no phones to US at least during 2018” (statement from end of February).

  • riverhorse

    No word on the actual speeds achieved?