14 June 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Ericsson and Intel, in partnership with China Mobile, have successfully demonstrated the first 3GPP-compliant, multi-vendor standalone (SA) 5G new radio (NR) call.
The project between Ericsson, Intel
China Mobile Research Institute and China Mobile Jiangsu
Company, is the first step to accelerating the commercial
deployment of standard-based 5G networks.
"Successfully completing the first 3GPP-compliant Standalone
5G NR call marks another milestone with our ecosystem partners
on the path to 5G commercialisation, building on our years of
research and standardisation," said Fredrik Jejdling, executive
vice president and head of business area networks at Ericsson.
"Together, we’re delivering on our commitment to
realise a standard-compliant and easily deployable technology
that will bring benefits to our customers and end users."
The specifications for the 3GPP release 15 5G NR SA were
completed 13 June, enabling Standalone 5G NR with user and
control plane on a 5G next-gen core network. The non-standalone
and SA releases all share the same physical layer specs.
Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager next
generation standards at Intel, added: "Intel’s
ongoing collaboration with Ericsson and China Mobile and our
achievement of 3GPP-compliant standalone 5G new radio
multi-vendor interoperability will help to prepare the industry
for the deployment of 5G NR SA networks. As 5G networks begin
to be deployed, a new wave of 5G experiences will be possible,
powered by Intel technologies across the cloud, core network,
access network and devices."
The three parties conducted live interoperability
development testing (IoDT) of 3GPP-compliant SA 5G NR
technology at the Ericsson Lab in Beijing, China. The live IoDT
operated at 100MHz on 3.5GHz mid-band, using
Ericsson’s 5G NR base station and
Intel’s 5G NR – the Intel 5G mobile trial
platform – prototypes.
"China Mobile has worked hard with global partners in
setting up a common 5G SA standard. Now we have teamed up with
Ericsson and Intel to achieve successful interoperability of 5G
NR among multi vendors. This is an important milestone for the
commercialisation of 5G standards and will lay a solid
foundation for China Mobile in our large-scale 5G trial,
enabling the success of the global 5G industry," said Huang
Yuhong, deputy general manager of China Mobile Research
Following on from the successful demonstrations Ericsson and
China Mobile will conduct a 5G trial in the Suzhou city of
Jiangsu Province, the same place that the demo system will be
deployed and tested.