Verizon and technology partner Nokia have continued to advance the development and deployment of 5G technology.
The partnership has announced the first successful transmission of a 3GPP New Radio (NR) 5G signal to a receiver situated in a moving vehicle, seamlessly handing off the signal from one radio sector to another.
The test took place at Nokia’s campus in Murray Hill, NJ. It follows the companies’ successful completion of a series of outdoor data sessions over the 5G NR standard, and the successful multi-carrier aggregation to boost those signals into Gbps range, that took place in June; also both industry firsts.
Wi-Fi signal is often used to maintain contact between pilot and drone, notwithstanding the limitations associated with the range and transmitter. According to mobile service providers, the use of 5G opens up new dimensions in innovative drone applications, including life-saving services.
The new technology may be used to control drones to provide aid in disaster zones, with drones managed from overseas.
“Unlike some of the incremental 5G technology announcements we’ve seen lately, tests like the one we conducted are significant advancements in the development of 5G technology,” said Bill Stone, vice president, technology development and planning for Verizon. “By taking these tests out of the lab and into the field, we’re replicating the experience users will ultimately have in a 5G mobility environment.”
“We are pleased to showcase the acceleration of the mobile capabilities in 5G,” said Marc Rouanne, president of mobile networks a Nokia.
“Enhanced mobile broadband is one of the first services being delivered on Nokia’s end-to-end 5G Future X portfolio. As a result, we can help our customers meet their early 5G deployment schedules and initial coverage demands.”
Verizon has announced it will be first to launch 5G residential broadband service in four markets in the US – Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston and Indianapolis – in the second half of 2018, followed by a mobile 5G solution.
Earlier this year, Samsung Electronics and Cisco announced that they successfully completed a friendly-user trial and series of 5G demonstrations with Orange in Romania.