Huawei has become the first company in the world with IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group to complete a functional test of C-Band 5G SA (Standalone) based on the 3GPP standard. The 5G SA radio access network (RAN) verification took place as part of the third phase of 5G testing conducted in Beijing.
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The third phase of 5G technology research and development was officially launched in February 2018 in Huairou, located near Beijing. The now completed SA functionality trial will still be followed by a field test by the end of the year.
Huawei is using its 3GPP 5G SA-based commercial End-to-End (E2E) solutions, including 5G NextGen Core (NG Core), gNB, and 5G terminal with Balong 5000 chipset, in the ongoing tests.
The SA network architecture is an independent 5G network, enabling ultra-reliable quality of service. Namely, the SA solution allows the deployment and simultaneous dedication of independent network layers (called network slices) for diverse end-customer service requirements (e.g. cloud VR/AR, autonomous cars, IoT scenarios, drone applications, etc.). 5G SA is a standalone 5G network that is fully 3GPP compliant and does not require the use of previous generation network elements (LTE), thus significantly improving the functionality, scalability, reliability and quality control of the network and reducing the operating costs. The readiness of the complete E2E solution in SA architecture is a key network performance benchmark for pilot tests, which are carried out at an early stage of 5G deployment by leading operators.
– During the R&D process of 5G technology in China, Huawei is focusing on NSA and SA verification based on 3GPP standard. As these technologies have different commercialization rates, the company’s primary focus is on the customer to provide operators with more efficient E2E commercial solutions and products and help them achieve business success, said Yang Chaobin, president of Huawei 5G Product Line.
Chinese research and development on 5G technology has been ongoing since 2016 and is expected to continue until the end of 2018.
What is 5G?
5G is an ultra-high data rate of more than 10 Gbps, providing more than 1,000 times the potential of radio networks than what LTE networks currently provide. A 5G network will allow data to be transmitted at speeds many times faster than today. It will provide lower latency, and could form the basis for further development of the Internet of Things in the future.