May 20, 2016 — Another step on the road to 5G has Sprint trying out some 5G technologies in a couple of trials coming up in June at the COA soccer tournament. Sprint is partnering with Ericsson and Nokia, who are providing the technology platform. Sprint is being a bit reserved in the details, but expect more data to be leaked as the tournaments approach.
Nokia has filed for the Special Temporary Authority (STA) to work with Sprint on this. They are a bit more open about where than Sprint is, but considering where the games will be played, the trials aren’t that hard to figure out. Maybe that is why Nokia is giving their location as Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. Guess that is probably where Sprint is set up too, you think?
Meanwhile, Ericsson is doing 5G on its own with an application to conduct a 5G demo at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia. The application states that Ericsson plans to conduct these demos during the pre- and post-shows surrounding the COPA soccer finals
What is interesting about this is that the trials are being fielded in the 14.5 GHz – 15.35 GHz only because the experimental equipment that will be used was designed for operation in another part of the world, not in the United States.