Qualcomm, KT, and Samsung play nice together in 5G NR interoperability demo

Three mobile industry leaders have announced the successful test of 5G interoperability based on the recent 3GPP Release-15 global standard.

Data connections used for testing operated in the 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands using pre-commercial 5G NR base stations from Samsung, and 5G NR UE prototypes from Qualcomm.

“As the industry works toward the goal of commercial launches of 5G NR products and networks in 2019, close collaboration among global mobile industry leaders on testing and successful trials are necessary to validate the technologies and continue to build and improve our capabilities,” said Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated. “We are proud of our achievement with Samsung and KT and look forward to further collaboration on the path to making 5G a commercial reality.”

A live demonstration was held in Samsung's lab in Suwon, South Korea. Multi-gigabit downlink speeds were achieved in tandem with latency reaching as low as one millisecond.

“The cooperation, led by the major game changers of the industry like KT and Qualcomm Technologies, is important to the progress of 5G and its implementation,” said Paul Kyungwhoon Cheun, executive vice president and head of the R&D, networks business, Samsung Electronics. “As an active participant of 5G NR development, Samsung is extremely excited to see that our joint efforts have opened up the pathway for business models and use cases yet to be experienced.”

With the demonstration, the partners showed full compliance with 3GPP Release-15 5G NR specifications — including scalable 5G NR OFDM numerology, advanced 5G NR channel coding and modulation schemes, low-latency 5G NR slot structure and 5G NR control and data channel support for Massive MIMO and mobile mmWave.

A demonstration of the 5G NR interoperability solution will be on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 26 through March 1 at the Qualcomm Technologies booth in Hall 3 – Booth 3E10, Samsung booth in Hall 2 – Stand 2M20, and KT booth in Hall 4 – Innovation city.

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