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Huawei Balong 5000 Achieved World's First E2E 5G Call for China Mobile over 2.6 GHz in Centralized SA Mode

[Hangzhou, China, February 1, 2019] Huawei Balong 5000 helped China Mobile complete the first 5G E2E call on 2.6 GHz band in a centralized SA mode where only a single core network is used. The downlink rate was far higher than the 1 Gbps peak rate. As a critical achievement out of the close cooperation between a leading operator, a leading equipment vendor, and a leading chipset vendor, this milestone greatly drives 5G NR commercialization over 2.6 GHz.

China Mobile performed this field test in Hangzhou by using Huawei 5G solution from the chipset to the core network in an E2E manner. Its network side used Huawei 2.6 GHz NR wireless devices that support 160 MHz bandwidths and 64T64R massive MIMO, which interconnected to the SA 5G core network in Beijing. The device side used a test terminal based on Huawei Balong 5000 chipset.

In Hangzhou, China Mobile and Huawei successfully delivered the industry's first service demonstration on 2.6 GHz NR under a centralized SA architecture, proving that the 2.6 GHz NR ecosystem, especially its device chipsets, have been getting commercially ready, with Huawei's E2E 5G solution taking the lead.

This test was powered by Huawei Balong 5000. It is a benchmark 5G multi-mode device chipset and the first to support both the SA and NSA approaches. This chipset is highly integrated, offering 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G multi-mode in a single chip. It hits peak download rates of 4.6 Gbps on sub-6 GHz frequencies and 6.5 Gbps on millimeter wave, 10 times faster than top 4G LTE rates. Balong 5000 supported China Mobile in enabling the industry's first 2.6 GHz NR call in SA mode, solidifying the chipset's leadership and pushing the entire 5G industry a step forward.

The service demonstration also involved the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. This Balong 5000-equipped CPE supports both 4G and 5G, and can download a 1 GB HD video clip within 3 seconds on a 5G network. The Huawei 5G CPE Pro serves not only a 5G home router. It can also be used by small and medium-sized enterprises for gigabit broadband leased line access.

Huawei and China Mobile have been maintaining close cooperation on 5G with the longest history, covering the largest test scale and yielding the most abundant fruits. Before this successful 5G commercial rollout with the first call in SA mode, Huawei and China Mobile had conducted a large-scale networking verification in the "5G City" Hangzhou, enabled the first 5G call on 2.6 GHz band on October 31, 2018, and released the first 2.6 GHz CPE at China Mobile Global Partner Conference 2018. Towards the full commercial use of 5G networks in 2019, Huawei will deepen the cooperation with China Mobile in pushing the maturity of the 5G industry at 2.6 GHz spectrum.