China Unicom teams with ZTE for 5G NR tests

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James Pearce
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Chinese operator deployed ZTE’s pre-commercial 5G base station to test 5G new radio, seeing rates of up to 2Gbps for single user equipment

China Unicom has partnered with ZTE to deploy its first 5G NR (new radio) field test, seeing data rates of up to 2Gbps for single user-equipment.

The Chinese operator deployed ZTE’s pre-commercial 5G base station at sub6GHz, and Massive MIMO and other key 5G technologies to conduct the test. It deployed 3.5GHz frequency band with a 100MHz bandwidth in the tests.

The aim of the trial was to verify the 5G technical performance and commercial capabilities in an actual network environment. It was carried out at China Unicom’s 5G lab, with the Guangdong branch of China Unicom, in addition to the operator’s Network Construction department and China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute, also involved.

China Unicom is ramping up its 5G tests, with the aim of launching pre-commercial deployments of the next generation technology in 2019, followed by a larger scale deployment in 2020.