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Designing a new OFDM-based unified air interface.

Qualcomm is working to design and standardize the new 5G NR unified air interface. We have developed optimized OFDM-based waveforms that will scale in both the frequency- and time-domain, as well as optimized multiple access for different use cases. We have also created a new flexible 5G NR framework that will efficiency multiplex 5G services and features.

Designing 5G Unified Air Interface

Nov 10, 2015

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Optimized OFDM-based waveforms & multiple access.

The OFDM family—highly utilized in 4G LTE and Wi-Fi systems today—is well suited to meet 5G NR requirements for high spectral efficiency, scalability to wide bandwidths, efficient MIMO implementation and low complexity per bit. 5G NR can additionally support the use of non-orthogonal multiple access techniques, such as Resource Spread Multiple Access (RSMA), for target use cases such as sporadic uplink traffic from battery-powered IoT sensors.

Scaling OFDM to meet diverse requirements.

5G NR will deliver OFDM-based waveforms that will scale in both the frequency- and time-domain to support diverse spectrum bands and types, diverse deployments and diverse services. The OFDM family allows for enhancements such as windowing and filtering to improve frequency localization and the ability to create single-carrier waveforms for efficient uplink transmissions.

Flexible 5G NR framework will support a scalable TTI.

5G NR is designed to efficiently multiplex 5G services thanks to a flexible framework that supports various levels of data rate, mobility, latency and reliability. To meet diverse latency and QoS requirements, 5G NR will support a scalable Time Transmission Internal (TTI), which will be capable of delivering latencies an order of magnitude lower than 4G LTE today. The 5G NR flexible framework is also being designed to ensure forward compatibility so future 5G services and features can be easily incorporated.

5G NR self-contained subframe.

One key technology enabler to the 5G NR flexible framework is the new self-contained, integrated subframe design. This new 5G NR innovation provides scheduling info, data and acknowledgement in the same subframe, enabling lower latency plus support for new deployment scenarios and forward compatibility.

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3GPP starts study on 5G NR spectrum sharing

The second week of March 2017 was a momentous week for the global standardization of 5G, known as 5G New Radio or 5G NR. The big news was that 3GPP agreed on an accelerated 5G schedule that will enable 3GPP-based large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019. This development is truly exciting and shows that the industry has come together and is working collaboratively toward the common goal of enabling early enhanced 5G mobile broadband deployments, while still ensuring forward compatibility, to enable the broader 5G vision.

But there were many other important outcomes of the 3GPP meeting, including one in particular that I want to expand on: the new study on 5G NR operating in unlicensed spectrum, both licensed-assisted and stand-alone. A study item is the first step in the 3GPP process of standardizing key technologies, and what makes this study item noteworthy is that this is the first time 3GPP will be studying the development of a cellular technology operating solely in unlicensed spectrum. It is also significant that the 3GPP-approved study includes a wide array of unlicensed spectrum ranges, all the way to 60 GHz also known as mmWave. The study will be led by Qualcomm together with other partners and will run through the beginning of 2018.

You may ask why this is such a big deal. It’s because 5G NR will proliferate around the world more broadly and more rapidly if all spectrum types can be used, especially unlicensed spectrum. Doing so will allow 5G to support more uses and deployments models so that many more entities will be able to enjoy the benefits of 5G in a much broader 5G ecosystem. Using unlicensed spectrum on a stand-alone basis enables a wider variety of new deployment scenarios, such as local area networks in dense deployments, so-called private IoT networks for enterprises or Industrial IoT (explicitly called out in the project descriptions in 3GPP), neighborhood networks, and neutral host deployments (where one deployment serves multiple operators). Examples where such private IoT networks can be deployed are anything from factories, ports, and mines to warehouses and smart buildings. Enabling the use of unlicensed spectrum assisted by licensed spectrum, will allow mobile operators to aggregate more spectrum to provide extreme bandwidths and more capacity (Figure 1). In other words, consumers will enjoy faster, better broadband if 5G uses unlicensed spectrum.

Apr 26, 2017

OnQ

3GPP agrees on plan to accelerate 5G NR – the global 5G standard – for 2019 deployments

If you were like me and the 100,000+ other attendees, you were at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last week in Barcelona, Spain, and were inundated with 5G everywhere. However, unlike me, hopefully you got to return home at the end of the long week of meetings, walking, tapas and more walking. Instead, I and many of my colleagues in the mobile industry, headed to Dubrovnik, Croatia for a very important 3GPP RAN Plenary meeting from March 6th to 9th. In a few years’ time, when we look back on the path to 5G, I believe this specific standardization meeting will be seen as a critical milestone in making a lot of the 5G hype you saw at MWC 2017, a reality.

At this plenary meeting, 3GPP agreed to a work plan proposal (RP-170741) for the first 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) specification that will be part of Release 15 – the global 5G standard. As part of this work plan, Qualcomm and fellow mobile industry leaders including AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Vodafone, Ericsson, and others, led a coalition of companies that committed to accelerate the 5G NR schedule by introducing an intermediate milestone for an early completion of a variant called Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G NR. This intermediate milestone will enable 3GPP-based large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019 (more on this later).

Mar 9, 2017

OnQ

From hype to reality: Leading the way on global 5G NR trials to accelerate 5G

We have been inventing and designing the building blocks for 5G New Radio (NR) for many years now. 5G NR – the global 5G standard – will serve as a platform for innovation to an array of world-changing use cases in the next decade and beyond. But at the same time, 5G is urgently needed to meet ever-increasing global mobile broadband needs.

Consumers continue to devour more and more mobile data as our devices increasingly become the source for entertainment, deliver new immersive experiences and serve as our 24/7 connection to the cloud. Is 5G all hype and years from being a reality? Quite the contrary. This week, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it became crystal clear that the real 5G – 5G NR – is closer than you think. And just as we did in 3G and 4G, Qualcomm is leading the way.

To begin the week, Qualcomm and fellow mobile industry leaders including AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Vodafone, and Ericsson, led a coalition of companies announcing their commitment to accelerate 5G NR for wide-scale deployments starting in 2019. We are doing so to meet demand for the enhanced mobile broadband benefits of 5G NR in 2019, while continuing to address the larger vision for 5G NR in 2020 and beyond.

But accelerating 5G NR deployments requires much more than just an accelerated specification. It will require over-the-air trials and interoperability testing, compliant with that 5G NR 3GPP specification, to drive the ecosystem toward rapid commercialization at scale. And that brings me to our recent announcements on 5G NR trials and interoperability testing starting the second half of this year, collaborating with global mobile industry leaders.

Feb 27, 2017
Press Releases

Ericsson, Qualcomm and Vodafone Trial 5G New Radio for Unified 5G

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), are working with Vodafone to test 5G  interoperability and conduct an over-the-air field trial based on 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed in 3GPP.

The trial intends to drive the mobile ecosystem towards validation of 5G NR technologies, which will enable operators to test 3GPP standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices at scale. Taking place in the United Kingdom, the focus of the trial will showcase 5G NR technologies that utilise wide bandwidths to increase network capacity and achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates.

Applicable to both existing licensed bands and new bands in sub 6GHz, 5G will be important to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Connected Cloud services.

Ulf Ewaldsson, senior vice president and chief strategy and technology officer, Ericsson, says, “5G will enable operators to provide new use cases in areas such as the Internet of Things, automation and big data, and the ability to build new revenue streams with radically new business models. To speed up commercialization of the global 3GPP 5G standard, we continuously work with leading operators and ecosystem players in 5G to enable global scale and drive the industry in one common direction.”

The trial will utilize 5G system solutions and devices from Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies to demonstrate real world scenarios across a broad set of use cases and deployment situations.

Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., says, “The work between Qualcomm, Ericsson and Vodafone is just another example of how collaboration on impactful 5G NR trials between global industry leaders is pertinent to not only drive the technology forward, but to ensure timely commercial deployments of 5G technologies based on the 3GPP specification.”

Matt Beal, director of technology, architecture and strategy, Vodafone, says, “The demonstration of the 5G standard in sub-6GHz bands is an important step forward in the development of 5G. Standardization of this technology will help deliver high performing and reliable 5G mobile networks with global coverage. A common standard also promises to deliver the economies of scale, which will help drive adoption of the technology in consumer devices and the internet of things.”

The trial will make use of advanced 3GPP 5G NR technologies including Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology, adaptive self-contained TDD, beamforming techniques, scalable OFDM-based waveforms to support wider bandwidths, advanced coding and modulation schemes, and a new flexible framework design.

The 3GPP 5G NR standard-based interoperability testing and trials will start in the second half of 2017, and will follow decisions of 3GPP Release 15 specification – the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6GHz and millimeter wave spectrum bands.

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s
website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

About Ericsson:
Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who have provided customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq in Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com.

Feb 27, 2017
Press Releases

Qualcomm, Ericsson and NTT DOCOMO Announce Collaboration on 5G NR Trials to Accelerate Wide-scale 5G Deployments in Japan

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), Ericsson and NTT DOCOMO today announced plans to conduct interoperability testing and over-the-air field trials in Japan based on the 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP. The trials will operate in mid-band spectrum at 4.5 GHz, as well as millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum at 28 GHz, showcasing the unified 5G NR design across diverse spectrum bands. The trials intend to drive the mobile ecosystem toward rapid validation and commercialization of 5G NR technologies at scale, enabling timely commercial network launches based on 3GPP Rel-15 standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices.

In the trials, the Companies will showcase 5G NR technologies to efficiently achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates at significantly lower latency and better reliability than today’s network, amongst other capabilities. These technologies will be critical to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences such as virtual reality, augmented reality and connected cloud computing, as well as enabling new high-reliability, low-latency services for use cases such as autonomous vehicles, drones and industrial equipment.

The trials will utilize device prototype and base station solutions from Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson respectively, along with trial environments from NTT DOCOMO, to simulate real-world scenarios across a broad set of use cases and deployment scenarios. The trial will include 5G NR operation at 4.5 GHz, which allows a large bandwidth resulting in high data rates and good capacity with reasonable coverage to address the large number of envisioned 5G use cases. The trial will showcase advanced 3GPP 5G NR technologies including Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology, beamforming techniques, adaptive self-contained TDD, scalable OFDM-based waveforms to support wider bandwidths, advanced coding and modulation schemes, and a new flexible, low-latency slot structure based design.  In addition, the trial will include 5G NR operation in mmWave spectrum at 28 GHz, employing advanced 5G NR antenna technology to deliver robust and sustained mobile broadband communications, including non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments and device mobility.   

“Over the last few months Qualcomm Technologies has announced several 5G NR trials with Ericsson and leading operators around the world, and we are very excited to extend that work in Japan with NTT DOCOMO,” said Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Trials based on the 3GPP 5G NR specification accelerate the path to commercial deployments.”

“We are excited to conduct early 5G NR trials based on the 3GPP specification with Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson,” said Seizo Onoe, executive vice president and chief technology officer, NTT DOCOMO. “NTT DOCOMO plans to deploy a 5G NR commercial system by 2020 and it is essential that the industry cooperate closely to create a 5G ecosystem in a timely manner. Through acceleration of the standardization and standard-compliant 5G NR trial activities, we will ensure the highly-stable 5G services.”

“This important 5G standard-based trial collaboration will demonstrate the compliance to 3GPP and support an accelerated commercialization of the global 3GPP 5G specification,” said Ulf Ewaldsson, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Ericsson. “Ericsson is working with leading operators and ecosystem players in 5G such as NTT DOCOMO and Qualcomm Technologies to enable global scale and to drive the industry in one direction.”

The interoperability testing and trials, which will launch in Japan starting in the first half of 2018, are intended to track closely with, as well as help accelerate, the first 3GPP 5G NR specification that will be part of Release 15 – the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands. Tracking the 3GPP specification is important because it promotes adherence and validation with the global 5G standard, accelerating the time to standard-compliant devices and infrastructure. It will also drive forward compatibility to future 3GPP 5G NR releases. 

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s
website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 65 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide 3G network and one of the world's first commercial LTE networks. Leveraging its unique capabilities as a mobile operator, DOCOMO is a leading developer of cutting-edge technologies for NFC mobile payments, mobile GPS, mobile TV, intuitive mobile assistance, environmental monitoring, smart grids and much more. Overseas, the company provides technical and operational expertise to eight mobile operators and other partner companies. NTT DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. Please visit https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/ for more information.

About Ericsson
Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who have provided customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com.

Feb 27, 2017
Press Releases

Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm Collaborate to Accelerate 5G NR Deployment in Australia

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Telstra are planning to conduct interoperability testing and an over-the-air field trial based on the expected 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP, which will form the basis of the global standards.

The aim is to enable timely commercial network launches based on 3GPP standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices using target 5G spectrum bands. It is expected 3GPP will complete the first release of the official specifications, as part of Release 15.

The trial will highlight new 5G NR technologies that utilize wide bandwidths available at higher frequency bands to increase network capacity and to provide up to multi-gigabit per second data rates. The millimeter Wave (mmWave) and mid-band spectrum technologies being trialed will be critical to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences, such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and connected cloud services.

Mike Wright, group managing director networks, Telstra, says, “This development is a big step forward in 5G readiness. In addition to the ongoing growth in data consumption, customers are starting to use applications that use more data (e.g. virtual reality) and also require lower latency, for example critical industrial and medical applications such as remote surgery. This collaboration between Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies will help ensure 5G is ready for the Australian environment, including making sure it is able to be scaled up for our vast distance and sparse population, as well as ensuring our customers will be among the first in the world to enjoy the benefits of 5G.”

Ulf Ewaldsson, senior vice president and chief strategy and technology officer, Ericsson, says, “We have a long history of driving mobile innovation together with Qualcomm Technologies and Telstra. This important 5G standard-based trial collaboration will demonstrate compliance to 3GPP and support the accelerated commercialization of the global 3GPP 5G standard in Australia. By working with leading operators and ecosystem players in 5G, together we can enable global scale and drive the industry in one common direction.”

The trial will employ 3GPP 5G NR technologies such as Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology with adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques to deliver robust and sustained mobile broadband communications at the higher frequency bands, including non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments and device mobility. It will also make use of scalable OFDM-based waveforms and a new flexible framework design that are expected to be part of the 5G NR specifications. The trials are expected to yield valuable insight into the unique challenges of integrating mmWave technologies into mobile networks and devices.

Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., says, “We've had longstanding success with Telstra and Ericsson with early 4G and 3G testing and deployments, so we are pleased to be continuing that work to accelerate the path to 5G. 5G NR trials are essential to ensure a unified global 5G standard through 3GPP, as well as timely commercial deployments of 5G NR networks. Telstra brings a unique environment to test new mobile technologies and our long history of innovation allows us to be in the forefront of the 5G wireless revolution.”

The trial will utilize 5G system solutions and devices from Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies to demonstrate real world scenarios across a broad set of use cases and deployment situations.

The 3GPP 5G NR standard-based interoperability testing and trial will start in the second half of 2017, and will follow decisions of Release 15 – the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands. Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies have also announced trial plans in the US and Korea, to support operation in millimeter Wave (mmWave) and mid-band spectrum, accelerating commercial deployments in the 28GHz, 39GHz and sub-6GHz bands.

Ericsson at Mobile World Congress 2017
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About Qualcomm
Qualcomm's technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people. We pioneered 3G and 4G – and now we are leading the way to 5G and a new era of intelligent, connected devices. Our products are revolutionizing industries, including automotive, computing, IoT, healthcare and data center, and are allowing millions of devices to connect with each other in ways never before imagined. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio.  Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, our QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s
website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

About Ericsson:
Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who have provided customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq in Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com.

 

Feb 26, 2017
Press Releases

Global Mobile Industry Leaders Commit to Accelerate 5G NR for Large-scale Trials and Deployments

Today a contingent of mobile communications companies announced their collective support for the acceleration of the 5G New Radio (NR) standardization schedule to enable large-scale trials and deployments as early as 2019. AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, INC., SK Telecom, Vodafone, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., British Telecom, Telstra, Korea Telecom, Intel, LG Uplus, KDDI, LG Electronics, Telia Company, Swisscom, TIM, Etisalat Group, Huawei, Sprint, Vivo, ZTE and Deutsche Telekom will support a corresponding work plan proposal for the first phase of the 5G NR specification at the next 3GPP RAN Plenary Meeting on March 6-9 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The first 3GPP 5G NR specification will be part of Release 15 – the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands. Based on the current 3GPP Release 15 timeline the earliest 5G NR deployments based on standard-compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices will likely not be possible until 2020. Instead, the new proposal introduces an intermediate milestone to complete specification documents related to a configuration called Non-Standalone 5G NR to enable large-scale trials and deployments starting in 2019. Non-Standalone 5G NR will utilize the existing LTE radio and evolved packet core network as an anchor for mobility management and coverage while adding a new 5G radio access carrier to enable certain 5G use cases starting in 2019. The new proposal and the intermediate milestone also re-affirm and solidify the schedule for the complete standard, including Standalone 5G NR in Release 15.

The supporting companies are further committed to make forward compatibility a key design principle for the standardization of the first release of 5G NR. This will enable in-band introduction of new capabilities and features in subsequent releases critical to enabling yet to be identified industries and use cases and achieving the 5G vision to connect everything to everything.

The proposal is consistent with 3GPP’s commitment to enable a flexible evolution and inter-working of the radio access network towards 5G NR and the evolution of the core network towards the 5G System.

As proven by the broad Industry support, this proposal delivers the ability to address the increasing global demand for enhanced mobile broadband services with 5G NR in 2019, while continuing to address the broader vision for 5G NR in 2020 and beyond.

AT&T
“We support both the Standalone and Non-Standalone configurations of 5G New Radio,” said Tom Keathley, senior vice president- wireless network architecture and design, AT&T. “Our focus is on prioritizing important specifications in the standards to bring 5G to market as quickly as possible. In the process of defining any standard, it is normal to make some decisions earlier than others. These accelerated decisions on key components of 5G New Radio standards will allow an earlier start on the development of the infrastructure and devices of tomorrow’s 5G deployments.”

NTT DOCOMO, INC.
Seizo Onoe, executive vice president and chief technology officer, NTT DOCOMO said, “5G is the key enabler to create new business opportunities across industries. DOCOMO plans a commercial launch with Non-Standalone 5G NR by 2020. Acceleration of the standardization schedule will facilitate early implementation of the standard-compliant 5G NR. We will ensure the highly-stable 5G services through large-scale trial activities with a wider range of industry partners.”

SK Telecom, Co. Ltd.
Park  Jin-hyo, senior vice president, head of network technology R&D center, SK Telecom said, “As the demand for 5G commercialization is rapidly increasing, it is crucial to complete globally agreed 5G standardization in time. 3GPP NR is the global 5G standard and we are making continuous efforts to accelerate 3GPP NR standardization with partners.”

Vodafone Group
Luke Ibbetson, head of research and development and strategy, Vodafone Group, said, “Standardisation of the New Radio interface will be critical to the successful development of 5G over the coming years. As the industry starts to design and test a new generation of services and applications, a common global standard for the underlying mobile technology will allow innovation to flourish and help us achieve economies of scale.”

Ericsson
Arun Bansal, senior vice president and head of business unit network products, says, “The faster we commercialize 5G based on 3GPP specifications, the faster we will realize its benefits for the entire industry. We are thrilled to participate in this initiative to accelerate the 5G ecosystem and commercial deployment.”

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and president, QCT said, “5G NR technologies will be critical to meet the ever-increasing connectivity requirements for emerging mobile broadband experiences such as virtual reality, augmented reality and connected cloud computing, and we are already seeing the need to bring these technologies to devices globally sooner rather than later. There is great value in accelerating the timeline to commercialization, while maintaining the global scale through the proper standardization process in 3GPP.” 

British Telecom
Howard Watson, chief executive officer, BT TSO, noted, “By accelerating the creation of the new radio interface we will be able to enable the 5G experience for customers sooner driving our purpose of using communications to make a better world.”

Telstra
Mike Wright, group managing director networks, Telstra, said, “Telstra is committed to the benefits of industry standardization and the development of this intermediate milestone for 5G NR would allow the benefits of early launch of 5G in the 2019 timeline following extensive pre-5G testing planned by Telstra during 2018.”

Korea Telecom, Co. Ltd.
“We are pretty encouraged by the increasing voices heard within the telecom industry that the process of New Radio Specification should be expedited,” said YongGyoo Lee, senior vice president –network strategy, Korea Telecom. “KT views that Non-Standalone and Standalone modes are equally important for the sake of completeness of the Standard Specification. However, we believe that early introduction of 5G network, compensated by already-prevailing LTE coverage, is a reasonable approach for the operators when taking the ROI factors into the consideration, and it justifies the slight preference for NSA mode in terms of priority. Our view is that 5G is not just the matter of achieving higher data speed. Rather, we believe that it will completely turn around the way the communication service is provided to the customers and eventually open up the opportunity for the telecom operators to diversify the new revenue streams in a cost-effective way. I am sure that the whole industry will enjoy the benefits from quick introduction of 5G into the market, enabled by the acceleration of 5G NR Specification in 3GPP.”

Intel Corporation
Asha Keddy, vice president and general manager of next generation standards, Intel Communications and Devices Group, says, “Intel is committed to accelerating the roll out of 5G from the cloud to the network to the device. Global industry collaboration to accelerate the 3GPP NR standard is a lynchpin to making 5G a worldwide success and to scale. 5G is a true inflection point in technology and will transform our lives and society in ways far beyond previous connectivity standards, and as such, the ability to solidify a global standard is more critical than ever.”

KDDI Corporation
Yoshiaki Uchida, managing executive officer, technology sector, member of the board, KDDI Corporation said, “For rapid commercialization of 5G, forming an ecosystem by global harmonization including frequency bands and specifications is even more crucial than in the previous generations. KDDI is targeting to start 5G services in 2020, which mandates early completion of NR specification. We sincerely hope the acceleration of related 3GPP activities.”

LG Electronics
Go-Hee Choi, senior vice president, head of advanced standard R&D Lab, said, “LG Electronics believes that the early completion of 5G NR global standardization would be crucial in satisfying growing market demands for new innovative 5G experiences and making 5G a worldwide success. We fully support the initiative for 5G NR global acceleration and will make every effort to expedite the completion of 5G NR specification in 3GPP based on global partnership.”

Telia Company
Mauro Costa, director, network architecture and strategy, Telia Company says, “A global standard is a fundamental pre-requisite to make 5G a success and open up for innovation and new business opportunities. Considering the large and increasing 5G interest from our customers, we see a strong need to have the standard to progress fast and complete on time. The acceleration of the 3GPP NR standard is an essential step in this direction.”

Swisscom
Daniel Staub, head of joint mobile group, Swisscom and in charge of the 5G implementation said, “As a European technology leader, Swisscom wants to get 5G early. Swisscom is fully committed to standards. Therefore, a proprietary or close-to-standard implementation is not of interest to Swisscom. As a consequence, Swisscom is fully supporting 5G NR acceleration to always provide the best experience on the best network to our customers.”

Etisalat Group
Hatam Bamatraf, chief technology officer, international said, “Etisalat Group is committed to the accelerated development of 5G that meets a global standard. Such a standard will have a positive impact on efficiency and the quality of the services we can deliver to our customers. Being part of this collective effort from the industry to take forward 5G NR, reflects Etisalat Group’s open approach to partnership and our focus on innovation.” 

Huawei
“5G will usher in an era of deep convergence between telecom and vertical industries, meaning 5G standards will apply to multiple scenarios and enable the digital transformation of multiple industries.” Mr. Yang Chaobin, president, Huawei 5G, said, “We need to define a Future-Proof 5G architecture which combining innovative achievements from various industries, to meet the requirements of numerous applications step by step and then to ensure the strategic vision and leading capabilities of 5G.”

vivo
Yujian Shi, senior vice president, vivo said, “Both Non-Standalone and Standalone 5G NR are very important scenarios. A unified 5G standard for both scenarios has contribution to build up a global 5G ecosystems. The acceleration of 5G will help the earlier mature of 5G terminal industry. As a global terminal vendor, we will continuously create surprising to our customers in coming 5G era.”

ZTE
Xu Huijun, chief technology officer, ZTE, said, “As a global leader in telecommunications and information technology, ZTE sees the significant importance of 3GPP standard beneficial to whole industrial chain and keeps contributing actively to global standards. ZTE will work together with partners to push forward 5G test and trial steadily, to promote the 5G commercialization world widely."

Deutsche Telekom
“Deutsche Telekom is committed to this initiative to accelerate the availabili