AT&T, Ericsson & Qualcomm Get Ready to Test 5G Radio in 2017

Dan Jones
1/4/2017

AT&T, Ericsson, and Qualcomm say that they are getting ready to test the initial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) specification in the second half of 2017.

The trio are preparing to test high-band frequencies for next-generation 5G technology, which should deliver "multi-gigabit Internet service" over the air. For the average Jane or Joe Blow on the street, this would mean an HD film downloaded wirelessly to their phone. Mobile 5G services are expected to arrive around 2020. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), however, are trying to push out fixed 5G wireless before that, with friendly trials expected this year. (See 5G in US: Will Spectrum Be the Speed Bump?)


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For the tests, AT&T will be using 28GHz spectrum, one of the bands that will be opened up by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for 5G applications. Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) will supply the basestations, Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) the test devices.

5G NR is a specification being put together by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) . The initial specification, due later in 2017, is the NSA-NR (Non-Standalone-New Radio) spec, which uses LTE for the call and session set-up. (See 3GPP Plans Early Mobile 5G Spec for December 2017.)

This is important for AT&T as it is working on deploying 5G as early as possible. Verizon has been working on its own 5G specification for its fixed deployment.

All of this work, from the multiple operators and vendors, is expected to become part of the 5G NR over time.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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DanJones
DanJones
1/6/2017 | 12:15:16 AM
Re: **28Ghz and 39Ghz bands.***
There's no such thing as a successful 5G system yet, just sayin'
TV Monitor
TV Monitor
1/4/2017 | 11:51:11 PM
No mention of antenna on Intel system
The secret sauce of a successful mmwave 5G system is the antenna. 

The Intel platform's mmwave antenna looks rather simple and is not suited for mobile reception. Additionally, there is no mention of 5G-SIG compatibility, nor is Intel listed as the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics 5G trials partner.

So I don't think this is going anywhere. The problem with 5G NR is that it is mostly intended to be deployed in Sub 6 Ghz band.
DanJones
DanJones
1/4/2017 | 9:02:09 PM
Re: **28Ghz and 39Ghz bands.***
AT&T said the tests will focus on 28GHz.
Mr Green
Mr Green
1/4/2017 | 6:27:00 PM
**28Ghz and 39Ghz bands.***
The trials will test both mobile and fixed wireless solutions operating in mmWave spectrum accelerating commercial deployments in the ***28Ghz and 39Ghz bands.***They will showcase new 5G radio mmWave technologies for increasing network capacity while achieving multi-gigabit data rates.