[Beijing, China, June 20, 2018] Today, Huawei announced its completion of the full range of China's third-phase 5G R&D tests based on 3GPP's non-standalone (NSA) 5G specifications ahead of others. This procedure is organized by the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group. Huawei achieved over 10 Gbps cell downlink throughput for C-Band using its 5G end-to-end (E2E) commercial system. Such results suggested that 5G Enhanced Mobile Broadband services (eMBB) are now ready for commercial use. Uplink-downlink decoupling verification is mandatory for the standalone (SA) part of the third-phase 5G R&D tests. This technology will be verified in many more scenarios by the end of 2018.
Huawei's 5G test field at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Huairou, Beijing
Huawei unveiled its 5G E2E commercial products ahead of all its competitors during this year's Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC 2018). These products are capable of commercial application in terms of hardware specifications (weight, size, power consumption) and engineering capabilities. During the most recent tests, Huawei used C-Band base stations, C-Band terminals, and the company's existing 5G bearer and core networks in Huairou to verify network performance across diverse NSA scenarios. The tests examined cell throughput, user experienced data rate, mobility, network latency, key 5G solutions, and essential service procedures. Huawei's tests covered more scenarios and showed better results than those of other players'. Such success demonstrates that in terms of hardware and software, Huawei's 5G E2E products are ready to support operators' commercial 5G deployment in 2018.
2018 is the first year of 5G's commercial use. Huawei provides an overall solution to quickly introduce 5G and maximize spectral utilization on live networks. The test results suggest that uplink-downlink decoupling helps to boost data rate for C-Band terminals. The uplink data rate improves by several times, triggering multiple times of increase in the downlink data rate. Such improvements are set to generate substantial value during the initial stage of 5G commercial deployment.
From IODT (inter-operability development testing) to looking for 5G applications，Huawei embraces joint development of 5G industry chain. Huawei partnered with Intel this time and took the lead in completing the interoperability and interworking part of IODT. The tests are in compliance with the latest 3GPP R15 protocol stacks which were released in March, 2018.The achievement highlighted Huawei's continued efforts in assisting the formation of 5G standards. Early commercial 5G applications are expected to be seen in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and other innovative eMBB services. Huawei is also actively pursuing further research and exploring into potential future 5G use cases. For instance, a live demo named 5G-based remote AR communication and collaboration system has been demonstrated by HiScene and Huawei. The aim is to take full advantage of 5G's high data rate, low latency, mobile-edge computing, and many other unique strengths to benefit all industries.
"2018 marks the start of 5G's commercial use. Huawei launched its 5G E2E commercial products at the beginning of the year. The third-phase of 5G R&D tests by the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group and field verification suggest that Huawei's commercial 5G products are capable of supporting eMBB services. Based on these test results, such products are ready to be used for early commercial 5G deployment," highlighted Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei's 5G Product Line. "A mature 5G industry chain calls for joint efforts from all parties. Huawei will continue to welcome open cooperation, seeking to create a golden era of eMBB with all industry partners."
China's 5G R&D tests were conducted from 2016 to the end of 2018. These tests involve three phases, namely key technologies testing, the verification of technology and solution, and 5G system verification. Huawei has completed the NSA aspects of the third-phase tests in Huairou, Beijing, and will move on to conduct tests for SA networking scenarios.