China Mobile (CMCC), Intel and Huawei have completed 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT) in compliance with the latest 3GPP Release15 Standard. According to Huawei, this was multi-vendor 5G NR IODT with full protocol, full channel, and full procedure finished, which means that 5G network and 5G terminals from different vendors can not only perform functional tests, but also can further implement 5G service tests, support various enhanced Mobile Broadband services such as UHD video and VR.
The test was conducted at the China Mobile Research Institute. Based on the largest C-band cell bandwidth defined by the 5G NR standard incorporating the latest Massive MIMO multi-antenna technology, the test completed by CMCC, Intel and Huawei successfully verified the rationales of the 3GPP 5G NR standard, and realized the interconnection of the NR-compliant terminal and network. With the 64T64R Massive MIMO configuration integrated in the base station test setup and Intel 2T4R terminal, the data transfer rate is expected to reach 1.5Gbps, which can support 8K video, VR services.
This year, China Mobile plans to carry out 5G trials in several big cities, which cannot be achieved without the support of commercial terminals. China Mobile plans to release the first version of its 5G commercial product requirements this year and launch the first pre-commercial terminals in 2019.