Qualcomm and Nokia help to make first Verizon 5G phone call

For a network that has only pledged its deployment of 5G for fixed internet service, at least initially, you wouldn’t expect Verizon to be all excited to make a phone call with millimeter-wave technology.

But with the help of Qualcomm — which had been eager to push its X50 modem out to the industry last week — and Nokia, the carrier was able to use its licensed spectrum to make the first ever smartphone-based voice call complaint with the 3GPP’s 5G New Radio standalone standard.

The companies involved call the event a “milestone” effort, though it will have to be Verizon that carries out any phone service in the next year. It expects 5G home broadband to be in five test markets in 2018.

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