ZTE completes tests of key 5G wireless technologies
As part of China’s official 5G testing, ZTE has completed tests of a number of key 5G wireless technologies.
While a 5G standard has yet to be fully specified, a number of key 5G wireless technologies have already been identified and tests are multiplying as both vendors and operators across the globe want to take the lead. Chinese telecommunications vendor ZTE has now announced the company completed tests of a number of key wireless 5G technologies. ZTE claims to be the first vendor to have completed high-frequency tests both in indoor and outdoor coverage scenarios and mobile beam tracking field tests.
These tests mark the start of China’s official 5G testing, which aims to see the launch of commercial 5G technology in the country in 2020. “As a global pioneer in the 5G field, ZTE has been conducting comprehensive research and investing heavily in core key 5G technologies. In full support of China’s 5G strategies, ZTE spares no efforts to promote the research of 5G technologies as well as industrial development, aiming to become one of the first suppliers of commercial 5G equipment, and laying a solid foundation for the commercial launch of 5G in 2020,” said Bo Gang, general manager of 5G products at ZTE.
Key 5G wireless technologies test results
ZTE’s testing included the vendor’s own tagging technologies, 5G high and low frequency technologies and key air interface technologies such as high-frequency communications, multi-user shared access (MUSA), new waveforms and massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO).
Regarding high-frequency communication, ZTE said its prototype, which supports automatic beam capture, beam tracking and adaptive beam switching, performed well in indoor and outdoor line of sight (LOS) and non-LOS scenarios, reaching single-user peak rate in the GB/s levels.
ZTE also said the test results for the MUSA technology proposed by ZTE were promising for high-capacity Internet of Things (IoT) scenarios. ZTE’s MUSA technology introduces short spreading codes and also allows for grant-free transmission and high overload. “Test results showed that, compared with long term evolution (LTE), MUSA supports random escape under 300 percent overload conditions in uplink grant-free transmission tests, achieving strong and stable performance indicators,” said ZTE.
Finally, ZTE said massive MIMO technology tests, using pilot beam and adaptive codebook feedback, achieved a spectral efficiency four to six times higher than traditional macro base stations.
China’s 5G testing
The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is leading China’s official 5G testing, which is implemented by China’s so-called IMT-2020 (5G) promotion group. Testing will happen in two successive phases. The first phase will be about technology R&D tests and take place between 2016 and 2018. This phase will consist of key technology verification, technical solution verification, and system verification. The second phase will take place between 2018 and 2020 and will be about product R&D tests. “China’s 5G test involves comprehensive research and demonstration of key 5G technologies, and promotes the standardisation of competitive solutions, to accelerate the industrialisation process and achieve the goals of commercial 5G use in 2020”, said ZTE.
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