CES 2019: Intel, T-Mobile and Ericsson make 5G data and video call on 600 MHz

09 January 2019

During CES 2019, taking place this week in Las Vegas, T-Mobile, Ericsson and Intel Corp. have successfully made what they claim is the world’s first 5G data and video call on 600 MHz on a live commercial network.

T-Mobile has now made a tri-band 5G video call with three users on different spectrum bands — 600 MHz, 28 GHz and 39 GHz. The company plans to offer 5G to customers on multiple spectrum bands including low-band, mid-band and millimeter wave so the technology will be applicable to all users, not just those in cities.

Low-band is considered to be the spectrum where a broad layer of 5G will be delivered, whereas millimeter wave technology will have limited coverage and may be unable to pass through objects such as walls or tall buildings.

The goal is to offer the 5G technology that will work everywhere similar to how cellular networks work today whether a person is outdoors or inside a workspace or home.

At CES, T-Mobile is demonstrating its 5G breakthroughs in action at its booth in Westgate No. 1013. One of the demonstrations will show how 5G on low-band spectrum is able to penetrate physical barriers including windows and doors.

“5G will power vibrant new use cases that span across network, client and cloud — spurring the convergence of computing and communications that will enable exciting use cases ranging from virtual and augmented reality and gaming, to smart cities, connected cars and intelligent data analytics,” said Sandra Rivera, senior vice president of the Network Platform Group at Intel.

Rivera said this collaboration is a step closer to enabling the first wave of these types of 5G devices and experiences.

T-Mobile plans to deploy its nationwide 5G network in 2020 and is currently deploying 5G equipment to more than 1,500 cities and towns in 37 states in the U.S.

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