Huawei has partnered with Intel to launch 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) based Interoperability Development Testing (IODT) to verify 5G technologies and their degree of maturity.
The partnership is a sign that the industry is rapidly maturing and preparing for commercial deployment of 5G from end-to-end under unified 5G standards.
In February, at the MWC 2017 global 5G test summit, Huawei, Intel, and their telecom operator partners announced they would work together to drive globally unified 5G standards.
The 5G test collaboration aims to enhance cooperation among telecom operators, equipment manufacturers and vertical industry partners, create a unified 5G industry chain from chips and terminals, to network infrastructure and test equipment, and build a global 5G ecosystem. The launch of IODT by Intel and Huawei is a key step toward realizing this goal.
Based on Huawei’s 5G base station prototype and Intel’s 3rd Generation 5G Mobile Trial Platform (MTP), both companies will jointly verify performance of key 5G NR technologies at sub-6GHz including C-Band, mmWave and mobility. The companies will conduct tests in real mobile with over the air environments directly connecting Huawei’s infrastructure and Intel’s terminal platform.
As one of the first globally converged 5G spectrum, C-Band will provide basic coverage and bandwidth for 5G. In addition, C-Band will serve as one of the world’s first commercialized 5G frequency bands. Verification of the features Huawei and Intel have launched will point to the future direction of the industry.