The Mobile World Congress Americas is taking place in Los Angeles. Sprint and Nokia had a joint demonstration of 5G speeds over NR (New Radio) bands at the carrier’s booth, becoming the first company to reach next-gen speeds in the United States. The 5G connection was demoed at Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum and Nokia’s dual mode-capable Massive MIMO antennas, along with Viavi TM500 5G test device emulator.
The first live 5G NR system connection can support up to 120 MHz of spectrum at the 2.5 GHz band. According to a press release from Nokia, its AirScale Massive MIMO Active Antenna is expected to deliver up to 3 Gbps peak downlink on Sprint’s network. This would enable the telecom to offer both LTE and 5G on the same radio without needing to build entirely new infrastructure.
Last month Sprint announced it is planning to be the first carrier in the States to introduce a commercial 5G smartphone along with LG Electronics by the first half of 2019.