5G vendors including Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, Datang and Samsung are part of the initiative
TOKYO–China has completed planning of a 30-site “5G” test field in Huairou district, Beijing, said Wang Zhiqin, Vice Chair of the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, during a keynote presentation at the Global 5G Event, which took place in Tokyo, Japan, last week.
Six vendors including Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, Datang and Samsung are taking part in this field trial in Beijing, Wang said. The executive added that chipset and test instrument vendors were invited to join the field trial as well.
wang also said that the IMT-2020 Promotion Group completed the initial phase of its trial program in 2016. That phase included testing wireless technologies including Massive multiple-input-multiple-output, novel multiple access, new waveforms, advance coding, ultra-dense network implementations and high-frequency communications. The trial phase also included network slicing, edge computing and network function reconstruction.
Wang also said that IMT-2020 recently created two new working groups. One of them will focus on the study of new vehicle-to-x solutions, accelerate cellular-V2X research and development activities via trials and promote C-V2X industrialization and applications.
Meanwhile, the 5G Trial working group has the main goal of organizing 5G technology R&D trials, including the definition of test specifications and the analysis of test results.
China has started preparation early for next-generation networks, establishing the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group in February 2013 to coordinate efforts by mobile service operators, manufacturers and research institutes. China aims to commercialize 5G mobile networks as early as 2020.
Operators participating in the IMT-2020 Promotion Group include China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom and Japanese telecoms operator NTT DoCoMo. Vendors which are part of the initiative are Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson, Nokia, Datang and Samsung. A number of chipset and test measurement vendors, including Qualcomm, Intel, Mediatek, Ctec, Keysight Technologies and Rohde & Schwartz are also part of the initiative.