What Cities Are Testing 5G? First Hardware Specifications Approved

SK Telecom announced that the company succeeded in demonstrating data communication based on the 3GPP's 5G global standard for the first time in the world at Ericsson Headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden with Ericsson and Qualcomm in the morning of December 21. The company has recently approved the first specification, individually, the 5G NR standard at a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal as reported by Fierce Wireless.

NSA 5G NR will use the existing LTE radio and evolved packet core network as an anchor for mobility management and coverage while adding a new 5G NR radio access carrier to enable certain 5G use cases starting in 2019. "We succeeded in demonstrating the 5G worldwide standard so we have become able to take the initiative in the commercialization of the technology by using this equipment in Euljiro and Bundang". At Qualcomm, we have been developing the building blocks of the 5G air interface for years - investing in early R&D to invent breakthrough wireless technologies that through our fundamental contributions to 3GPP, drove this first 5G NR standard.

In particular, "5G demonstrations have been conducted based on the independent standard of each company", the official said.

However, KT evaluated that the company was leading the way in 5G global standardization by building a communication network for a tentative 5G service at Incheon worldwide Airport and in Pangyo, Gwanghwamun, Gangnam Daero, Pyeongchang, Gangneung, Bokwang and Jinbu as official telecommunication service provider for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

Finalized details of the 5G New Radio standard will be published later this week. At the aforementioned Qualcomm event, the company talked about how 5G would change our lives, essentially removing the speed roadblock that prevent so many of us from getting things done while on-the-go. This timely finalisation of NSA is one important step on that journey and in the development of the 5G ecosystem.

While the specs themselves won't be announced until next week, they're said to offer support for the full range of low (600MHz, 700MHz), mid-range (3.5GHz) and high-frequency, millimeter wave (50GHz) spectrum. "Huawei will keep working with global partners to bring 5G into the period of large-scale global commercial deployment from 2018", said Yang Chaobin, president of Huawei 5G product line, www.digit.in reported.

Sprint has announced a plan to launch a nationwide 5G network by 2019, but hasn't named cities that may be used to test the network.

The industry agreed earlier this year to accelerate the timeline so that at least part of the 5G standards work would be complete by the end of this year rather than having it all come due next summer.

  • Eleanor Harrison