South Korean duo SK Telecom and KT Corp, along with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO and US-based Verizon, have agreed to form a new global initiative, called the 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance. In a press release confirming the development the companies revealed that they plan to develop ‘an aligned 5G trial specification that would serve as a common, extendable platform for different 5G trial activity around the world, focused on technical fundamentals and promoting a more inclusive, open, and collaborative approach to the development of 5G trial networks’. Accordingly, the 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance will reportedly focus on 5G radio interface trial activities and will seek to provide the wireless industry with the ability to test and validate key technical components.
Coordination is already said to be underway, and with technical trials expected to take place between 2016 and 2018 it has been claimed that the development of the trial specification will allow a variety of different industry partners – including network vendors, chipset/device vendors and other operators – to join in and contribute. Meanwhile, the trial specification itself will be neutral and is not intended to limit on-going standardisation discussions and decisions that will be happening in 3GPP, and it will cover multiple spectrum bands, including those above and below 6GHz.
With regards to the formation of the working group, a statement from the companies noted: ‘The 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance is positive that this initiative will provide a platform to maximise the value of different trial activities around the world, and will provide valuable input from these trials to 3GPP.’