Deutsche Telekom, Intel, Huawei Complete First 5G Interoperability Test

Recently, Deutsche Telekom, Intel and Huawei announced they successfully completed the world’s first 5G interoperability development test using a 5G commercial base station that complied with the 3GPP R15 standard. The NR test is based on Huawei’s 5G commercial base station and the third generation of Intel’s 5G NR mobile test platform. This test is an important step toward the commercial use of 5G in full scale in 2019, which is supported by Huawei and Intel solution.

As early as 2015, Deutsche Telekom and Huawei began joint research into 5G networks and worked to promote the 5G industry. By using Intel 5G NR mobile platform, the operators, equipment suppliers and terminal chip suppliers tested IODT, which is based on the 5G NR standard. This test is a milestone in promoting the 5G industry.

The NR test is based on Huawei’s 5G commercial base station and the third generation of Intel’s 5G NR mobile test platform. The three parties verified a basic test of the connection, in line with the 3GPP 5G NR standard, and connected the terminals and network under the NR standard. The test included a new synchronization mechanism, new coding, new frame structure, new numerology and new F-OFDM. It was based on the maximum C-band carrier bandwidth defined by the 5G NR standard and adopted the latest Massive MIMO multi-antenna array and beam forming technology under the standard framework.

“As an active contributor to the 3GPP 5G standard, Deutsche Telekom, Huawei and Intel have been promoting the 5G standardization,” said Arash Ashouriha, senior vice-president of technology innovation at Deutsche Telekom, “After completing the first 5G standard, the three parties quickly carried out an NR interoperability test, verified the key technologies of 5G and worked together with the industry to promote the commercialization of 5G. The success of the IODT test marks the maturity of the 5G industry.”

“The success shows Huawei is working with partners to explore and research the 5G NR standard,” said Yang Youbin, president of Huawei’s 5G product line, “With deepening standardization, Huawei is willing to continue to work with industry partners to strengthen NR tests, to push the 5G industry to mature and to meet the needs of the digital era.”

“Intel is cooperating with leading 5G enterprises and accelerating the 5G test and commercial process based on the latest 5G NR standard,and Intel’s end-to-end 5G NR technology,” said Asha Keddy, vice president of the Client and IOT and Systems Architecture Group (CISA), GM Next generation and Standards at Intel Corporation, “The multi-party early interoperability testing and global 5G NR industry ecosystem will accelerate the maturation and launch of the Intel XMM 8000 series, which is likely to launch in mid-2019, and will be commercially available by 2020.”

A mature 5G industry is the basis of 5G commercialization. Deutsche Telekom, Intel and Huawei will continue to deepen cooperation, research and development products that meet the 5G standard, and prepare for the upcoming 5G era.

This article originally appeared in Tencent Tech and was translated by Pandaily.