SFR conducts a 5G NR call using 3.5 GHz spectrum

SFR togetherwith Nokia conducted a 5G call on May 3rd, 2018, at the Nokia 5G Test Network and Competence Center in Paris-Saclay, France. The test was conducted using the 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) system over-the-air on the 3.5GHz frequency band.

The 5G call used Nokia 5G NR technology, incorporating the Nokia 5G-ready AirScale radio platform and Cloud RAN technology together with 3GPP-compliant end user test devices. A cloud infrastructure based on the Nokia AirFrame Datacenter solution was built to support Cloud RAN.

Nokia 5G NR systems use smart antennas to deliver multi-gigabit throughput speeds and millisecond low-latency. This will enable operators such as SFR to increase network capacity in spectrum below 6GHz frequency bands to deliver wide-area coverage.

François Vincent, head of Mobile Network at SFR, said, “SFR is developing a roadmap for the evolution of its networks that takes into account the benefits and complexity of implementing 5G. The joint projects and trials will enable us to meet future data demand in the most effective way, while exploring new ways to deliver our media content that will increase the subscriber experience.”

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