Sprint confirms 5G demos at Copa soccer games in Santa Clara, Philadelphia in June
May 19, 2016
It's official: Sprint (NYSE: S) will conduct 5G demonstrations on June 3 and June 6 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and on June 9, 11 and 14 at Lincoln Field in Philadelphia.
That matches what vendors Nokia and Ericsson previously had asked for when they filed Special Temporary Authorization (STA) applications with the FCC, indicating they were involved in 5G demos with Sprint at these two locations.
The FCC on May 5 granted Nokia an STA to conduct tests at 68-76 GHz at Levi's Stadium, and Ericsson on May 18 was granted an STA for tests at 14.5-15.35 GHz in a tent at Lincoln stadium.
A Sprint spokeswoman told FierceWirelessTech that the company is excited to be one of the first U.S. carriers to demonstrate 5G at a large scale public event such as Copa America Centenario. However, it isn't sharing any details yet beyond dates and locations.
In its heavily redacted application, Ericsson said it was requesting tests at the 14.5-15.35 GHz frequency because the experimental equipment it will be using was designed in Sweden to operate on this spectrum.
Ericsson said the demo will use spectrum and antenna parameters that the commission has granted authorization for Ericsson to use previously. However, this demo will use less equipment, have a much shorter radius of operation and be at a lower power. "We will use only one experimental 5G base station and one piece of experimental 5G mobile user equipment," the application states. "We will be aiming to keep the base station and mobile unit within 50 feet of each other." The maximum EIRP will be 35 dBm.