Last week, Verizon and Nokia fulfilled two industry firsts on the path to 5G commercialization, per FierceWireless.
First, they completed the world's first outdoor test of a 5G connection using New Radio (NR) standards set by the international wireless standards body 3GPP.
Second, the two successfully used multicarrier aggregation to hit throughput speeds of up to 1.8 Gbps.
The tests offer a realistic understanding of how 5G will be deployed by carriers and networks, and used by consumers when it hits the market.
Verizon previously completed a series of 5G data sessions in the lab, but its recent achievements open the door to actual 5G deployments, as the tests explore real-world variables in an outdoor environment.
In the outdoor data sessions, Verizon and Nokia successfully transmitted numerous live, interactive VR sessions and simultaneous 4K streaming video on the network's 28 GHz millimeter wave spectrum with latencies of just 1.5 milliseconds.