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OPPO’s global R&D staff during the multi-party video call via a 5G network. OPPO’s global R&D staff during the multi-party video call via a 5G network. Supplied

Chinese smartphone vendor OPPO claims to have completed the first multi-party video call on a device enabled by 5G, with engineers from six of its R&D institutes taking part.

A statement from the company said the device used was an OPPO R15 Pro-based 5G smartphone and lasted more than 17 minutes on a 5G network which had bandwidth of 100 MHz.

The call was conducted over the social app, WeChat. OPPO said it used Keysight’s UXM test set and 5G New Radio network emulation solutions for protocol and RF performance validation in sub-6GHz frequency bands (FR1).

The company's engineers said the call had been marked by smooth connectivity and low latency.

“It’s well documented Australia will be one of the first countries to roll out a 5G network," said Michael Tran, managing director at OPPO Australia.

"It’s exciting to see OPPO at the forefront of this technology, as we look to be one of the first companies to release commercially available 5G smartphones in 2019.

“Future innovations will include 3D video calls, online games, augmented reality selfies, and AR shopping. The advancements 5G technology will bring our customers are endless and will truly change the smartphone experience we know today.”

The company said it had completed one of the world’s first 5G signalling and data connections on a smartphone in August 2018.

It also was first to complete a 5G Internet access test on a mobile device in October.

It said that with the latest achievement, the company was a step closer to being one of the first manufacturers to release 5G handsets commercially in 2019.


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