ZTE claims to have become the first vendor to carry out a 26GHz high-frequency field test as part of the second phase of China’s 5G trials which are being conducted in the Huairou district of Beijing. Announcing the development, the vendor said the test of its 5G new radio (NR) pre-commercial base station had delivered ‘an excellent performance in interconnecting with the instruments and chips from a number of manufacturers in the industry’. Meanwhile, ZTE also confirmed that it has now applied for permission to carry out official tests for the frequency bands greater than 40GHz at its Shanghai R&D centre.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, a series of 5G tests are being conducted in China under the auspices of the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, which is jointly led by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The test group itself involves, among others, the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom.