Leading mobile operators support unified, global 5G standards

March 02, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
At the 5G Test Summit in Barcelona, AT&T, China Mobile, NTT DOCOMO, Vodafone, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Keysight, MediaTek, Nokia, Qualcomm, Rohde & Schwarz, ZTE, and Datang jointly delivered a statement promoting unified, global 5G standards achieved through 5G testing, trials and cooperation between telecom operators, vendors and vertical industry partners to build a unified end-to-end (E2E) ecosystem.

The Global 5G Test Summit was hosted by four leading telecom operators and supported by ITU, GSMA, 3GPP, NGMN and GTI. All participants declared their commitment to the promotion of unified global 5G standards, a unified E2E ecosystem and a thriving 5G market. After standardization, testing and trials are vital to the success of 5G technologies, ecosystem development and cross-industry innovation. To achieve this goal, all participants committed to facilitating and ensuring a unified, high-quality and competitive 3GPP 5G specification by June 2018 for release 15 and December 2019 for release 16, building a unified 5G E2E ecosystem (including chipset, terminal, network, test instrument, and so on) for seamless global roaming, and enlarging the global market scale for low cost.

Participants are starting the early trial and interoperability testing for a variety of use cases, including mobile broadband, for 3GPP Release 15 specifications to drive a mature 5G ecosystem and to ensure a quick and efficient time to market. They also appealed to inspire innovations on 5G key technology and to validate the smooth evolution capability of technologies towards 5G, including 3D-MIMO LTE, NB-IoT/eMTC, and C-V2X.