Orange, Nokia and MediaTek achieve 5G SA interoperability success

Feb 7, 2020
Orange, Nokia and MediaTek achieve 5G SA interoperability success

In Vigo, Spain, cellular operator Orange, in cooperation with Nokia and MediaTek, have completed a 5G standalone data call in a real-world environment.

The setup consisted of a Nokia end-to-end network solution, including 5G access and a fully virtualized 5G network core in a Nokia data center, and a MediaTek 5G user device, all conforming to Release 15 of the 3GPP standard.

The test achieved an ultra-low latency of just 7ms. This near-immediate response will enable use cases with real-time response requirements, such as autonomous vehicles or remote surgery.

This demonstration marks a new milestone towards the roll-out of 5G services in Europe. The implementation on commercial equipment of the 5G Future X architecture, defined by Nokia Bell Labs, is the first portfolio of an end-to-end 5G solution that includes all layers of the network.

By using a virtualized 5G network core in a 5G SA environment, different network layers (network slicing) can be dedicated to different business use cases – whether focused on extreme bandwidth such as business or residential (FWA), smartphone and mobile applications, or ultra-low latency in proposed new-use cases like remote services such as industrial control or healthcare, and autonomous vehicles. With aspiration to bring its comprehensive modem technologies to a wide range of product verticals, MediaTek’s 5G modem technologies - such as the Dimensity series SoC's - support both existing 5G NSA and 5G SA architecture networking, ensuring a seamless transition for users when services migrate.

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