Verizon in partnership with Motorola, Samsung, and Qualcomm has announced the completion of the world’s first 5G data transmission on a smartphone on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network. This test was completed with a Moto Z3 paired with a 5G Moto Mod.
It is also the world’s first 5G-upgradeable smartphone, and this is the same 5G-upgradeable smartphone that consumers will use on Verizon’s 5G mobile network when commercial service begins in 2019. The transmissions were completed over Verizon’s 28 GHz spectrum and Samsung 5G New Radio (NR) solutions. The moto z3 with 5G moto mod is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, along with the QTM052 mmWave antenna modules.
Bill Stone, vice president, Technology Development and Planning for Verizon said:
In the past two years, we have consistently lead the world in 5G, including launching the world’s first commercial 5G service last month. This successful test, using an actual smartphone, widens our lead. We will be the first to offer a 5G upgradeable smartphone on our network in 2019.
Shakil Barkat, vice president, Global Product Development at Motorola said:
This test is also one step closer to getting upgraded speed and connectivity that will affect all aspects of our daily lives. 5G will be a transformational leap in wireless, and we are excited to be a part of it.
Magnus Ojert, vice president, Networks Division, Samsung Electronics America said:
Samsung’s early and extensive innovation in 5G is helping to lay the foundation for the next-generation of wireless communications. Beginning with our contributions to Verizon’s 5G Home service, commercialized on October 1, and now with 5G New Radio, we’re excited to continue our work with Verizon while advancing our lead in delivering 5G mobile technology that will benefit consumers, businesses and cities.