DT, Intel and Huawei Achieve World's First 5G NR Interoperability on Commercial Base Station

DT, Intel and Huawei Achieve World's First 5G NR Interoperability on Commercial Base Station Image Credit: Huawei

Deutsche Telekom (DT), Intel and Huawei announced they have collaborated to achieve what they claim as the world's first 5G NR Interoperability test based on 3GPP R15 commercial system release over a commercial base station.

The testing follows an ealier partnership between Huawei and Intel for the launch of 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) based Interoperability Development Testing (IODT) in September last year for the verification of 5G technologies.

Using Huawei's commercial NR base station and the Intel 5G NR Mobile Trial Platform, the three parties have jointly verified the fundamentals of the new 5G 3GPP NR standard, including new synchronization, coding, frame structure, and numerology components underlying the interconnection of the NR-compliant terminal and network.

The test configuration used by Deutsche Telekom, Huawei and Intel is based on the largest C-band cell bandwidth defined by the 5G NR standard. It also incorporates the latest Massive MIMO multi-antenna and beamforming technology enabled by the standard framework.

XMM8000 modem family maturity and time to launch will significantly benefit from this early multi-vendor interoperability progress and the realization of a global 5G NR industry ecosystem, with initial launches in mid-2019 and large-scale scaling in 2020.

Arash Ashouriha, SVP Technology Innovation of Deutsche Telekom
After delivering leading contributions to the 3GPP’s work on 5G standards, Deutsche Telekom, Huawei and Intel moved swiftly to jointly verify implementation progress through standards-based interoperability testing. 

Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei's 5G Products 
As the standard continues to be updated, Huawei will continue to work with all parties to step up interoperability test and promote the 5G industry maturity process, and to welcome the arrival of the entire industry digitization.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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