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China Mobile collaborates on 5G trials

Focus will be on 5G new radio operation in sub-6 GHz mid-band spectrum at 3.5 GHz, which is a critical band in China

The interoperability testing and trials will launch in China later this year
The interoperability testing and trials will launch in China later this year

China Mobile along with partners Qualcomm Technologies and ZTE Corp is to begin over-the-air field 5G trials based on new radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP.


The interoperability testing and trials will launch in China starting in the second half of 2017 and operate in sub-6 GHz mid-band spectrum at 3.5 GHz.


In the trials, the companies plan to showcase 5G NR technologies to efficiently achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates at significantly lower latency and better reliability than today’s network, amongst other capabilities.


These technologies will be critical to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences such as virtual reality, augmented reality and connected cloud computing, as well as enabling new high-reliability, low-latency services for use cases such as autonomous vehicles, drones and industrial equipment.


“Qualcomm Technologies is committed to the continued success of China’s wireless industry and we are excited about collaborating with China Mobile and ZTE to accelerate the path to 5G in China,” said Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies.


“Trials based on the global 3GPP 5G standard, such as this, are critical to ensure timely deployment of 5G networks and continuing our long history of leadership integrating advanced wireless technologies.”


The trials will utilise device prototype and base station solutions from Qualcomm Technologies and ZTE respectively, to simulate real-world scenarios across a broad set of 5G NR use cases and deployment scenarios, following the guidelines of China Mobile.


The focus of the trials will be on 5G NR operation in sub-6 GHz mid-band spectrum at 3.5 GHz, which is a critical band in China for achieving ubiquitous coverage and capacity to address the large number of envisioned 5G use cases, including those that demand very low latency and high reliability.


“We have finished our phase one trial on 5G key technologies and started the phase two trial on 5G system,” added Wang Xiaoyun, the general manager, technology department, China Mobile.


“The collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and ZTE will push the devices and base station to be matured and ensure their time to market. We encourage more partners to work together, facilitate the completion of the global unified 5G standard, drive the industrialisation and build a harmonised ecosystem through the trial, test and cross industry innovation.”


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