Deutsche Telekom conducts 5G interoperability tests with Intel, Huawei in Bonn

Tuesday 20 February 2018 | 16:07 CET | News

Deutsche Telekom, Intel and Huawei announced what they claim is the world’s first 5G interoperability and development testing based on 3GPP Release 15 with a commercial base station in an operator lab environment. Telekom called the test in Bonn, Germany an "important milestone" on the path to 5G, after the three partners previously verified 5G interoperability in Huawei’s Shanghai labs.

The test was based on Huawei’s 5G commercial base station and Intel’s third-generation 5G NR Mobile Trial Platform. This is a "critical step" towards the development of fully commercialised 5G equipment in 2019, said Telekom. 

The three parties confirmed the fundamentals of the 5G 3GPP NR standard completed in December 2017. Telekom said the test was based on the largest C-band cell bandwidth defined by the 5G NR standard and incorporated the latest Massive MIMO multi-antenna and beam forming technology.

Telekom and Huawei have cooperated on 5G network research since 2015 and have carried out successful IODT tests with Intel and its 5G NR platforms to push 5G towards industry maturity, said Telekom. The three companies will continue to cooperate and develop standardized 5G products as the commercial readiness of 5G draws closer.

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