NTT DoCoMo starts 5G ecosystem trials with Intel and Nokia

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Jason McGee-Abe
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NTT DoCoMo has begun testing 5G applications using Nokia AirScale base stations and Intel mobile trial platform end-user devices in the Tokyo metropolitan area

The collaboration is in preparation of next generation wireless networks being introduced. Nokia is helping to develop the 5G ecosystem and, with the Intel 5G mobile trial platform, will commence with the key interoperability testing of multi-vendor technology using the 4.5GHz frequency band.

"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. We are excited to be part of this interoperability testing in Japan using the 4.5GHz radio spectrum as part of the 5G end-to-end solution."

The Nokia 5G FIRST solution is based on early-adopters radio specifications that define a common interface to allow equipment from multiple vendors to connect over a 5G radio network. The trials have demonstrated end-to-end tests supporting low-latency 4K video streaming and other 5G applications.

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, as we develop a technology that will meet the ever-growing demands of huge numbers of people living in mega cities."