Qualcomm expands its 5G NR interoperability testing to more companies


Qualcomm has teamed up with Nokia in order to complete key foundation and interoperability tests of the 5G New Radio (NR) network and devices, adding Nokia to a long list of which includes companies like ZTE, Ericsson, as well as operators like BT, Deutsche Telekom, NTT DoCoMo, Telia, Vodafone Group and others.

The recent successful interoperability and over-the-air testing, which was compliant with the 5G New Radio (NR) specification between network infrastructure and devices, detailed by Nokia, has been performed on commercially-available Nokia AirScale base station and Qualcomm’s 5G NR UE prototypes.

The test was done in the 3.5Ghz and 28Ghz spectrum, compliant with the global 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 standard confirmed in December. Nokia was keen to note that operators, including BT/EE, Deutsche Telekom, Elisa, KT, LGU+, NTT DOCOMO, Optus, SKT, Telia and Vodafone Group, are already on board in verifying and trialing 5G NR technology.

Qualcomm already did similar interoperability tests with Ericsson at the company’s lab in Sweden as well as some tests with ZTE by using ZTE’s base stations at China Mobile.

Qualcomm has been pushing hard for 5G NR and with the recent completion of the first 5G NR standard, as well as the demonstration it held at an event in San Diego on February 7th, it is obvious that the company is the leader in developing 5G NR technologies with plans for mobile broadband deployments starting in 2019.

Qualcomm has also announced its plans to show some 5G NR demonstrations, as well as provide more details at the Mobile World Congress 2018, which will be held in Barcelona from February 26th.

You can check out more about Qualcomm’s 5G NR by downloading Qualcomm’s 5G NR presentation, titled “Making 5G NR a Commercial Reality”.