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Why T-Mobile Conducted Its 5G Test with Intel and Nokia

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Jan. 26 2018, Updated 9:03 a.m. ET

T-Mobile partnered with Nokia and Intel

T-Mobile (TMUS) has teamed up with tech giants Nokia (NOK) and Intel (INTC) to support an outdoor field test conducted in suburban Seattle (SPY). T-Mobile utilized a 28 GHz 5G commercial radio system on Nokia’s 5G commercial AirScale system and Intel’s 5G mobile trial platform to deploy its first intervendor 5G network.

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Objective of this partnership

This deal was a significant one, as it helped the company move its 5G development from labs to the field, expanding the 5G mmWave radio performance and testing its services in the real world.

This test also helped T-Mobile and Nokia understand the integration of mmWave-based 5G into existing networks and how they coexist with LTE.

The 5G network is expected to have a broad spectrum ranging from 600 MHz to mmWave. Further, 5G is expected to have stable connectivity and a large coverage area to create a smoother broadband experience.

According to Intel, 5G should connect multiple devices simultaneously, apart from offering high broadband speeds. Intel also noted that the 5G network is expected to run on generic hardware and that it would be supported by reprogrammable and reliable software.

Intel’s support in developing a network infrastructure is expected to help 5G services, as Intel is already present in almost all IoT (Internet of Things) devices and data centers.

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