T-Mobile US and Ericsson have revealed plans to work together to develop a ‘5G pre-standards based test system for laboratory and field trials’ in the United States. The two companies will develop and test selected 5G use-cases and services to enable T-Mobile to ‘evaluate emerging 5G technologies, drive 5G development and standardisation and to explore new business opportunities’. Trials will begin in the second half of 2016.
TeleGeography notes that T-Mobile is the third US mobile operator to share its 5G plans in recent months. In September 2015 Verizon Wireless confirmed that it would work alongside Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung, with a view to beginning technology field trials in 2016, and staging a full commercial launch in 2020. More recently, AT&T Mobility revealed plans to collaborate with Ericsson and Intel on 5G solutions earlier this month. That tie-up will take effect in the second quarter of 2016, with outdoor tests expected to be held during the summer.