NTT DoCoMo and Intel has signed an agreement with Ericsson to build 5G trial network in various areas of Tokyo, starting in 2017. The network will test the use case applications and radio performance.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide 5G radio, baseband, virtualized RAN, and core networks. Intel will provide the chipset in user devices. The trial will be conducted using the 28GHz frequency band; one of the candidate bands that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is considering designating for use by commercial 5G networks in Japan.
Commenting on the new trial agreement, Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NTT DoCoMo said, “DoCoMo and Ericsson have been working together on joint 5G projects including outdoor trials, and this is a further development of our joint efforts. Adding Intel’s expertise, we will be on track to evaluate the feasibility of services that leverage 5G technologies together with ecosystem partner companies.”
Asha Keddy, Vice President, Communications and Devices Group and General Manager, Next Generation and Standards, Intel, said, “Intel’s extensive collaboration with Ericsson and NTT DoCoMo will be a strong contribution to evolving the 5G future. Our 5G mobile device trial platform will enable us to take a clear and definite step towards ubiquitous 5G device usage by 2020. Providing multiple gigabit speeds in cityscape areas will allow people and machines to step into a new era of information technology.”
Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products at Ericsson, said, “This trial will represent an important milestone in 2017, paving the way for commercial 5G networks. It represents a unique opportunity to test real-life 5G performance in commercial conditions in the center of Tokyo, enabling evaluation of consumer use cases and industry applications.”