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ZTE has teamed up with China Unicom to complete a 5G call on a prototype 5G smartphone, as well as making a WeChat group voice call and browsing the web on the device. The pair touted the test occurring three months after the release of the 3GPP Rel-15 specification, and used ZTE kit throughout the trial, from the core to the handset. "This achievement has made Shenzhen field of China Unicom become the world's first commercial test field to make the first call in the NSA mode and it is in compliance with the 3GPP Rel-15," ZTE said. "[The trial] showcases ZTE's strong competency in 5G R&D and commercialization, demonstrating ZTE's role as a reliable partner to global 5G operators, and a key player in the 5G industry." Full story

18 January