With the approval of the non-standalone 5G New Radio by 3GPP in the month of December 2017, the next big task for the telecom industry is to prepare for the commercial world in the coming months of this year. When it comes to the non-standalone 5G NR standard, it makes use of the LTE core with the help of the 5G component which is different from standalone 5G NR. It has a completely new core.
5G deployments will make the most of the LTE investments as it assures improved mobile broadband services, and also supports Internet of Things (IoT). This standard was adopted at a meeting in Lisbon and Portugal and resulted in interoperability testing as it ensured quick and healthy commercialization that can give great returns. Let’s discuss the benefits of 5G NR interoperability testing on a global level.
In the initial days of this month, the network infrastructure vendor in the Nokia facility worked with both Verizon and Qualcomm for 3GPP’s non-standalone 5G New Radio specification. Verizon, as it has already acquired the licenses which were previously with XO Communications. Now it holds the licensed millimeter wave spectrum in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz bands. This specific test uses28 GHz spectrum, according to the sources, and can transmit a 4K video stream. With the help of the 5G bandwidth, 4K video is very much a possibility.
Verizon now wants to offer a standard-compliant 5G commercial service by the end of this year. This has been built on the tests which were conducted earlier i.e. in the year 2017. This is one of the major reason why this telecom company is now focusing on mobile broadband service for the residential sector.
Verizon is clearly not the only one. A number of other telcos are also conducting a number of tests and trials. Deutsche Telekom recently elaborated on their 5G technology. The company has also formed a subsidiary MobiledgeX to prepare the networks for the 5G era. The service provider recently completed the world’s first 5G NR interoperability and development test based on the Release 15 standard with a commercial base station. The test was based on the C-band cell bandwidth, as defined by the 5G NR standard.
Not to be left behind is South Korea’s KT which worked with Qualcomm to test 5G NR in the 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz bands. The 3.5Ghz spectrum is emerging as 5G roaming band and the 28Ghzmm wave frequency provides massive, hot spot-type capacity.
Samsung’s base stations and prototype user equipment from Qualcomm, achieved multi-gigabit-per-second data throughput, as per the press release.
“This 5G NR trial will pave the way to a successful launch of 5G NR networks and mobile devices, which will market another technology breakthrough,” KT EVP and Head of Networking Strategy Seo Chang-Seok said.