World’s First 5G Call Made

by Francis Hopkins

Alexander Graham Bell would be proud.

A couple weeks shy of the anniversary of Bell’s historic first phone call and 142 years later, Huawei and global service provider Vodafone made their own history by completing the first 5G call using the globally approved 5G standard. The 3GPP-approved Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio standard was agreed upon by the leading service providers and vendors in the industry in December.

Now to the historic 5G call. Vodafone’s Albert Buxadé initiated the call using a computer at Vodafone’s innovation center in Barcelona on Tuesday, and José María Lassalle, Spain’s secretary of state for information society and digital agenda, answered the call in Vodafone’s Madrid offices using a mobile phone. The call used Huawei’s Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment.

They followed up the voice call with a video call over 5G. The tests reached speeds over 2 gigabits per second using a dual 4G-to-5G connection.

“This is a milestone of great relevance on the road to 5G, which we must thank the engineers of Huawei and Vodafone who have worked tirelessly to implement the new specifications in record time,” said Santiago Tenorio, director of architecture and network strategy of the Vodafone Group.

Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei’s 5G product line, stated:” Huawei is absolutely committed to the full development of 5G network technology. The test performed today shows the maturity of the development of 5G over the standard approved by 3GPP. We are ready to advance our collaboration with Vodafone and start commercial trials. “