Nokia teams with NTT DoCoMo for 5G interoperability testing

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Nokia announced it is collaborating with NTT DoCoMo for 5G interoperability testing of multi-vendor technology in the 4.5-GHz frequency band.

The tests will use Nokia’s 5G First solution, incorporating the Nokia AirScale base station transmitting over a 5G radio interface to the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform.

The companies will test end-to-end applications over the air between the base station and the device on the 4.5-GHz frequency band, which is one of the candidate bands for 5G in Japan. The Nokia 5G First solution is based on early-adopter radio specifications that define a common interface to allow equipment from multiple vendors to connect over a 5G radio network.

Nokia will conduct trials of 5G technology with DoCoMo in the Tokyo metropolitan area throughout 2017, with particular focus on busy tourist, shopping and business locations as well as at key public events hosted by the operator.

“This is a vital first step to allow us to ensure that we have the 5G network infrastructure available for when we commercially introduce the technology, with an ecosystem of device vendors to offer our subscribers the best possible choice and highest quality,” said Seizo Onoe, executive vice president, chief technology officer and member of the board of directors of NTT DoCoMo.

Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager of Next Generation and Standards in the Communication and Devices Group at Intel, said, “Intel believes key collaborations such as this one driving ecosystem partner trials and early deployments are critical to building successful 5G technologies and accelerating the vast benefits they will bring to users.”

Jae Won, head of Nokia Japan, added: “This trial is an important milestone for the development of 5G in Japan, which will be one of the first countries in the world to adopt the technology. Furthermore, the initiative is an important step forward in our collaboration with NTT DoCoMo, as well as other key technology partners.”

Nokia said it will demo end-to-end tests supporting low-latency 4K video streaming and other 5G applications its booth at 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2017.

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