First 5G smartphone data connection demo in leading UK mobile operator lab by OnePlus, enabled by Keysight

22 February 2019

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The demo uses Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions to showcase OnePlus's flagship 5G device powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform.

Keysight Technologies announced the first successful demonstration of a 5G data connection using a 5G smartphone in a leading UK mobile operator's lab. The connection was established using Keysight's 5G network emulation solutions and OnePlus' flagship 5G smartphone, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, with Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated radio frequency (RF) transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements.

The demonstration enabled OnePlus, a global mobile technology company, to secure a key partnership with the UK mobile operator, paving the way for the first commercial 5G smartphone release on the operator's network in the United Kingdom later this year. The 5G smartphone from OnePlus delivers superior experiences in areas such as imaging, audio and gaming, as a result of Qualcomm Technologies' new flagship mobile platform, which supports multi-gigabit 5G, industry-leading artificial intelligence (AI) and immersive extended reality (XR).

"We are excited to be working closely with OnePlus to bring their first 5G smartphone to market," said Kailash Narayanan, vice president of Keysight's wireless test group. "Early 5G collaborations across the wireless industry are enabling Keysight to deliver differentiated 5G solutions, thereby accelerating plans of global mobile operators to deploy 5G networks."

Keysight's 5G network emulation solution leverages its UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform to support device validation across protocol, radio frequency (RF) and radio resource management (RRM) in both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum. The connected mobile device ecosystem around the world, consisting of chipset manufacturers, device OEMs and mobile operators, use Keysight's 5G network emulation solutions to accelerate validation of key 5G New Radio (NR) capabilities.

"Keysight's leading 5G solutions have already played an instrumental role in enabling us to achieve key industry milestones, starting with the world's first 5G Tweet in October of last year," said Carl Pei, Co-founder of OnePlus. "Our collaboration with Keysight has facilitated our ability to confidently validate new designs and ensure they comply with rapidly evolving 5G NR standards."

About Keysight in 5G
Keysight's industry-first 5G end-to-end design and test solutions enable the mobile industry to accelerate 5G product design development from the physical layer to the application layer and across the entire workflow from simulation, design and verification to manufacturing, deployment and optimisation. Keysight offers common software and hardware platforms compliant to the latest 3GPP standards, enabling the ecosystem to quickly and accurately validate 5G chipsets, devices, base stations and networks, as well as emulate subscriber behaviour scenarios. Additional information about Keysight's 5G solutions is available at

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