DOCOMO, Ericsson, Intel to build 5G ‘trial environment’

9 Nov 2016

Japan’s NTT DOCOMO is teaming up with Ericsson of Sweden and Intel to develop a 5G trial environment in central Tokyo beginning next year. Centred on the testing and development of use case applications and radio performance in non-laboratory environmenst, the three firms will work toward the implementation of DOCOMO’s end-to-end system including 5G radio, baseband, virtualised radio access network (RAN) and core network.

Commenting on the initiative, Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at NTT DOCOMO, said: ‘DOCOMO and Ericsson have been working together on joint 5G projects including outdoor trials, and this is a further development of our joint efforts. Adding Intel’s expertise, we will be on track to evaluate the feasibility of services that leverage 5G technologies together with ecosystem partner companies.’ The trial will be conducted using the 28GHz frequency band; one of the candidate bands that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) is considering designating for use by commercial 5G networks in Japan.

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