China Unicom completes first 5G NR test with ZTE gear

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ZTE announced that it has supported China Unicom in the operator’s successful first 5G NR (New Radio) field test.

Deploying ZTE’s pre-commercial 5G base station with massive MIMO, LDPC (low-density parity check) and other 5G technologies, Unicom achieved data rates of up to 2 Gbps for single user-equipment. The 5G NR field test used 100 MHz of bandwidth in the 3.5GHz frequency band.

The field test aimed to verify 5G technical performance and product commercial capabilities in an actual network environment.

The field test was conducted in Shenzhen by ZTE and the Guangdong branch of China Unicom, in addition to the operator’s Network Construction department and China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute.

Following the start of 5G field testing in 2017, Unicom is intensifying its verification efforts, with a goal of pre-commercial 5G network deployment in 2019 and large-scale deployment in 2020.

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