Huawei Tests 3GPP R16-based 5G Applications

Huawei Tests 3GPP R16-based 5G Applications Image Credit: Natali_Mis/

Huawei announced that it has recently tested and verified in Huairou Beijing, a series of new enhancements that will be introduced in 5G Phase 2 3GPP R16 standards.

In one of the test, Huawei demonstrated the use case of Ultra-Reliable and Low-Latency Communications (URLLC) in 5G New Radio (NR) for Vehicle to Everything (V2X). For this test, Huawei used an end-to-end (E2E) solution that featured Cellular V2X(C-V2X) communication and mobile edge computing (MEC) as well as a roadside unit (RSU).

Another new enhancement for R16 showcased by Huawei is the Massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC) that can be applied to NR uplink video transmission. Huawei used 5G NR for uplink in this test to have video services run on 5G networks and demonstrated 5G-enabled AI on university campuses. 

The Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), another feature to be included in the R16 is also highlighted. Huawei said that applications for this feature based on R15 standards have been widely used throughout the industry, however R16-based applications are still at the exploratory stage of development. 

Last week, 3GPP together with a large group of mobile operators, vendors and other industry bodies announced the official approval for the standalone(SA) version of 5G Phase 1 standards, marking an important step towards the commercialization of mobile 5G.

The full set of 5G Phase 1 (R15) standards are expected to be completed by December 2019, while the 5G Phase 2 (R16) standards are expected to be completed by December 2020.

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