Nokia, SFR complete first 5G call in France

8 May 2018

Nokia and SFR have successfully completed what they claim is ‘the first 5G call in France’, using the 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) system on the 3.5GHz frequency band. The test took place at the Nokia 5G Test Network and Competence Center in Paris-Saclay, France. 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. Francois 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.’