Orange Spain, ZTE complete voice and data call over 5G SA network

Spanish carrier Orange Spain and ZTE have completed what they claim is the first voice and data call over a standalone 5G network in Europe, the telco said in a statement. The trial was carried out in Valencia via a 5G New Radio base station, 5G core network and test devices, reaching speeds of 876 Mbps with a single user handset and 3.2 Gbps with 12 handsets working simultaneously. Orange Spain highlighted that the network technology was fully 5G, whereas previous 5G calls trials in Spain were made using Non-Standalone (NSA) architecture. “It is key to learn about this new and disruptive technology,”said Mónica Sala, director of networks at Orange Spain. “The know-how of ZTE is evident in achieving this milestone and we are very proud of the results.” “It is a great pleasure for us to cooperate with Orange for technological innovation and leadership in 5G. We foresee this long-term relationship as a way to learn on 5G commercialization,” said Xiao Ming, president of global sales at ZTE. Orange Spain plans to extend 5G trials to other industries including construction, energy, health, automotive, and tourism.

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