Spark, Huawei activate multi-vendor 5G trial network

23 Nov 2018

Spark and Huawei New Zealand have switched on a live multi-vendor 5G trial network at Spark’s 5G Lab in Auckland – which they say has been built to the full 3GPP Release 15 global industry standard. Spark, alongside its vendor partners, said they have achieved the milestone of the world’s first 5G mmWave call using this network.

According to a press release from Huawei New Zealand, the live 5G trial network utilises the vendor’s 5G NR solution – which supports both 3.7GHz-4.2GHz C-band and millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum, as well as 4G RAN connectivity. The dedicated hardware is connected to a Cisco Evolved Packet Core (EPC), with each component fully isolated.

New Zealand, Cisco Systems, Huawei Technologies, Spark