European mobile network operator Orange announced on Wednesday that it had made Europe’s first voice and data call over a full 5G mobile network in cooperation with Chinese telecoms equipment maker ZTE.

Previous 5G calls in the region were made using Non-Standalone (NSA) architecture, which uses existing 4G network infrastructure to support 5G networks. The test, which took place in Valencia, Spain, used full Standalone (SA) mode, meaning the 5G network is built independently without architecture from current systems and therefore allows for 5G enhancements, according to the company statement. It was the first 5G SA call in Europe.

Spanish press reported the company’s plans to work with ZTE, Huawei and Nokia in its 5G trials across the country in early January. The operator stated that it would trial 5G technology in Valencia in partnership with ZTE, in Seville with Huawei, and in Vigo with Nokia.

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Wei Sheng

Wei Sheng is a Beijing-based reporter covering hardware, smartphone, and telecommunications, along with regulations and policies related to the China tech scene. Before joining TechNode, he wrote about...