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5G Internet Connection Established by Chinese Smartphone Vendor

01 November 2018
The modified 5G phone that was connected to a 5G network and was able to access the Internet. Source: Oppo

Chinese smartphone brand Oppo claims it has successfully completed 5G internet access for the first time — pairing an R15 smartphone with its 5G network.

The test was completed in Oppo’s 5G communication protocol laboratory environment and was carried out on a pre-commercially available 5G smartphone based on the Oppo R15 smartphone. It was customized with fully integrated 5G components including the system board, RF, RFFE and antenna.

The Chinese market is leading the charge into the 5G landscape, according to market research firm Deloitte, with China outspending the U.S. by $57 billion in wireless communications infrastructure. This lead in infrastructure and development could mean that other countries will quickly fall behind in the rollout for the next-generation wireless technology, Deloitte said.

Oppo said it is striving to become the first brand to release real commercial 5G smartphones to the market. The company recently signed a partnership with Qualcomm Technologies to explore mobile technology innovations in 5G. One of these innovations includes Oppo’s Ubiquitous Reality project that will give customers virtual and alternative reality experiences through 5G including 3D video calls, online games, augmented reality selfies and AR shopping.

Oppo Research Institute is developing capabilities of core technologies for 5G in order for the company to remain competitive in the wireless communications market. Oppo said it is accelerating the development of 5G smartphones in order for the release of a commercially available device in 2019.

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