First European 5G NR video call using millimeter wave spectrum in Europe

December 13, 2018 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
First European 5G NR video call using millimeter wave spectrum in Europe
In Rome, the first European 5G NR video call has been completed on the TIM network in the millimiter wave (mmWave) frequency band, in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson.

This is an important milestone in conjunction with the unveiling of the first Innovation Hub dedicated to 5G at an event in Rome, together with the first 5G NR compatible smartphone which is set to be commercially available in the coming months.

In particular, the 5G video call was conducted in the mmWave frequency band in NR (new radio) mode thanks to a mobile smartphone form-factor test device powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem while the network infrastructure components of were made available by Ericsson. This is a new milestone that will soon lead to the commercial use of 5G mmWave technology in Europe.

During the event, the first 5G compatible smartphone was showcased, along with solutions and services provided on the ultra-fast TIM mobile network. These included a remote-driven car; a remote visit of museums and artworks (thanks to virtual reality); a remote control of industrial robots; and a remote tactile control systems and multiplayer interactive video games in augmented reality.

In particular, the demonstration of the remote-driven car with 5G provided an area within the TIM Innovation Hub in Rome where a remote driving station has been placed, and an area in Turin outside the TIM Open Air Lab innovation center where the car was moving remotely. Spectators in front of the station in Rome were able to observe the driving experience 700 km away. The car control platform collects data and multimedia contents from the multiple sensors, cameras and radars in real time, transmitting them to the remote station thanks to the speed, reliability and security of the 5G network using enhanced mobile broadband for video streaming and low-latency for control commands. This application shows how 5G will be a disruptive technology for the entire transport system, enabling remote controlled autonomous driving and managing entire fleets of vehicles in a more efficient way.

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