Korean vendor Samsung Electronics has received a licence to conduct 5G telecoms equipment tests from China’s Ministry of Industry & Information Technology, and has partnered with China Mobile to co-demonstrate key technologies for upcoming fifth-generation networks, reports the South China Morning Post. The partners are initially testing the usage of millimetre waves – identified as a crucial spectrum resource for future 5G wireless services. Samsung said both firms verified key characteristics of millimetre waves, demonstrating how ultra-fast mobile broadband can be made commercially available, initially utilising the 28GHz and 3.5GHz bands for their field tests. ‘We are going to strengthen more alliances with Chinese telecom operators to develop more 5G-related technologies and their standardisation,’ said Jang Dae-goon, vice president at Samsung Electronics’ DMC Research Centre in Beijing.
In other Chinese next-generation network developments, meanwhile, China Unicom has completed a series of tests with Spirent Communications to validate the network performance of NFV (Network Function Virtualisation) middleware. As a result of these tests, Spirent and Unicom released a jointly written white paper (see link). According to Abhitesh Kastuar, Spirent’s general manager of Cloud & IP: ‘Spirent is very committed to working with China Unicom in the testing of NFV virtualised middleware technologies … that will ultimately accelerate the deployment of NFV in telecom.’