Oppo has announced that it successfully completed the world’s first multiparty video call on a smartphone via a 5G network. The Chinese company claimed to do so at 12:57 am local time in Shenzhen, China and was participated by engineers from six OPPO R&D institutes worldwide on messaging platform WeChat.
A footage revealed by the Chinese company revealed that the video call was made on an enhanced version of the Oppo R15 Pro that supported 5G networks. The video call lasted for over 17 minutes on a 5G network with a bandwidth of 100 MHz where the inaugural message said “Hello OPPO, Hello 5G”.
For the 5G test, OPPO used Keysight’s UXM test set and 5G New Radio (NR) network emulation solutions for protocol and RF performance validation in sub-6GHz frequency bands (FR1). Engineers operating out of OPPO’s six R&D institutes worldwide reported smooth connectivity and low latency during the video call.
The world’s first successful video call on 5G from Oppo comes just months after the company completed one of the world’s first 5G signalling and data connections on a smartphone back in August. Oppo claims that it was also the first company to complete a 5G Internet access test on a smartphone which it did in October 2018.
Oppo Founder, President and CEO, Tony Chen had earlier said during the 2018 OPPO Technology Exhibition “5G is a trend OPPO must embrace. In addition to striving to become the first manufacturer to launch 5G smartphones, OPPO’s exploration of application opportunities in the 5G+ era will ultimately determine the value of 5G. OPPO will fully integrate 5G with applications and user insights, and continuously innovate to provide users with revolutionary, necessary, convenient and seamless experiences”.
With the completion of the world’s first multiparty 5G video call, Oppo is a step closer to being one of the first manufacturers to release 5G handsets commercially in 2019.