In the Swedish corner, Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has teamed up with Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) to conduct what they say is the "first announced" 3GPP-compliant 5G NR mmWave over-the-air call with a mobile form factor device. The call was completed at the Ericsson lab in Kista using mmWave in the 39GHz band using non-standalone (NSA) mode and a mobile test device with an integrated Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and RF subsystem.
Meanwhile, Finland's Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has cozied up to Verizon to complete what the twosome describe as the first over-the-air, end-to-end data transmission on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network. Carried out in Washington D.C., the signal was sent over commercially deployed Nokia radio equipment and Verizon's mmWave spectrum and 5G network core to a Nokia test van parked in the city.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading