SmarTone, Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson collaborates to demonstrate 5G data connectivity

SmarTone, Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson joined hands to showcase the power of 5G data connectivity in Hong Kong during the Qualcomm 4G/5G Summit.

The companies have demonstrated a 5G connection on a Qualcomm Technologies’ smartphone form factor device based on the latest 5G NSA (Non-standalone) mode in the 3GPP Release 15, powered by SmarTone’s network and Ericsson’s 5G mobile network infrastructure.

Stephen Chau, chief technology officer of SmarTone said: “Following the success of the territory’s first 5G demo last year, we embarked another major leap for 5G development in Hong Kong with this trial. We have been working closely with our technology partners to prepare for the 5G commercialisation in Hong Kong, which customers will ultimately experience the benefits brought by this advanced technology.”

The 5G smart terminal and mobile network operates on the 28 GHz band, one of the mmWave bands expected to be available in Hong Kong in April 2019. The 5G standard in 3GPP Release 15 was finalised at the end 2017, and commercialisation of the 5G network equipment and smartphone is expected in early 2019.

SmarTone recently has launched Hong Kong’s first live commercial License Assisted Access (LAA) network, which laid the ground for enhanced network performance on path towards 5G.