Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, alongside several global mobile carriers, have conducted live demonstrations that pave the way for commercial launches of 5G infrastructures and devices.

Ericsson, Qualcomm spearhead 5G trials with global mobile operators

Based on the new NSA 5G NR standard, the demonstrations serve as a milestone in accelerating 5G NR for commercial network launches starting 2019

As an effort to lead the path to 5G globally, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have held live demonstrations in both the Ericsson Lab in Kista, Sweden, and the Qualcomm Research Lab in New Jersey, the US.

Showcasing 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) multi-vendor interoperability, the demonstrations were conducted based on the newly-approved Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G NR standard. In collaboration with several telecommunications operators — including AT&T, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, T-Mobile US, Verizon and Vodafone — the demonstrations showcased the companies’ combined strength in carrying out timely trials that pave the way for commercial launches of 5G infrastructures and devices.

According to Ericsson, the company’s 5G NR base stations, alongside Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G NR UE prototypes, will enable operators to conduct live tests in their own networks.

Cristiano Amon, executive vice-president, Qualcomm Technologies, commented: “Achieving multi-vendor interoperability based on the global 5G NR standard is a true testament to our continued 5G leadership, delivering fundamental contributions to the 3GPP standard and driving towards the launch of standard-compliant commercial networks and devices starting in 2019.

“As we did in both 3G and 4G, we are excited to collaborate with Ericsson as an industry leader to accelerate the path to 5G globally.”

The over-the-air Interoperability Development Testing (IODT) was conducted for lower layer data connections operating at both 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands. These standardised layers, Ericsson added, are the fundamental building blocks of 5G NR.

Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice-president and head of business area networks, Ericsson, concluded: “This milestone builds on years of researching and developing 5G technology as well as on leading and contributing to the standardisation work.

“By working closely with our key partners in early trials and fine-tuning our global portfolio, we ensure that we can bring the standard-compliant technology to the benefits of our customers and their customers.”

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