China Mobile, Intel and Huawei complete 5G interoperability testing
China Mobile, Intel and Huawei have completed interoperability testing that should act as a catalyst for the commercialisation of 5G networking equipment.
The first commercial 5G networks are expected to go live later this year, offering fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband to certain parts of the US. Meanwhile the first 5G compatible smartphones are set to arrive in 2019, while 2020 will most likely see the first UK 5G network.
But to get to that point, it is essential that networking kit from various vendors is able to work together. Samsung and Nokia for example have been working together to ensure the establishment of a “healthy ecosystem”.
5G network testing
The operator announced its intention to launch 5G in 2019 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) earlier this year, aiding China’s hopes of being a leader in the field.
These latest tests, conducted at the China Mobile Research Institute, used C-Band spectrum and the ‘Release 15’ standard of 5G, which includes new radio technologies known as 5G New Radio (5G NR). This allowed the research partners to verify the compatibility of the 5G NR-compatible terminal and network.
The three companies have said they will continue to work together to support the mobile industry, with China Mobile planning to hold more 5G trials in major cities.