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Qualcomm and Huawei Successfully Complete 3GPP-based 5G Interoperability Testing

Feb 22, 2018


[Shanghai, China, February 22, 2018] Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated and Huawei today announced that they have successfully completed 5G NR Interoperability and Development Testing (IODT) based on the 3GPP Release 15 global standard. The testing, which utilized Qualcomm Technologies’ UE prototype and Huawei’s commercial 5G system, is a key milestone towards accelerating the maturity of the Release 15 5G NR ecosystem.

IODT is the foundation to guaranteeing the interoperability between UE, RAN and core network, and an essential step toward the commercialization of 5G NR networks and devices. The successful IODT conducted by Qualcomm Technologies and Huawei will significantly promote the industry’s 5G NR end-to-end commercialization efforts spanning networks and devices.

In the interoperability testing, the two companies jointly verified key 3GPP 5G NR technologies, including synchronization, channel coding, frame structure, and scalable OFDM numerology components. The companies tested the synchronization, control, and data channels between the 5G NR UE and network operating in the 3.5 GHz band.

“As the industry works toward the goal of commercial launches of 5G NR products and networks in 2019, close collaboration among global mobile industry leaders is necessary to validate the technologies and continue to build and improve our capabilities,” said Serge Willenegger, SVP & GM, 4G/5G and Industrial IoT, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We look forward to further collaboration with Huawei on the path to making 5G a commercial reality.”

“Huawei is devoted to driving the commercial deployment of 5G and has widely collaborated with industry partners.” Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei 5G Product Line, said, “We are very excited to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies. With Qualcomm Technologies’ chipset and Huawei’s commercial 5G system, I am confident that the 5G ecosystem is mature and the industry is ready for commercial deployment.”

The 5G NR interoperability demonstration will be on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 26 through March 1 at the Qualcomm Technologies booth in Hall 3 – Booth 3E10, and Huawei booth in Hall 1 – Booth 1J50.