DT stretches the ‘world first’ claim pretty thin

Deutsche Telekom has claimed it has achieved a heavily qualified world first alongside partners Intel and Huawei, demonstrating interoperability in an operator lab.

With the jostling and chest pumping only getting louder and stronger ahead of next weeks’ MWC bonanza, it can only be expected operators and vendors will be looking for every column inch available. Interoperability is not necessarily a world first, but add on the ‘operator lab’ qualifier and all of a sudden DT are pioneers, venturing into the unknown digital worlds. Over the next couple of days perhaps you should expect to see the following world first announcements:

  • NR interoperability while everyone was wearing a watch
  • NR interoperability on Thursday afternoon
  • NR interoperability with a dog in the room

The test itself was based on Huawei’s 5G commercial base station and Intel’s third generation 5G NR Mobile Trial Platform (MTP), taking place in DT’s Bonn lab and then verified in Huawei’s Shanghai labs. The test validated various fundamentals of the 5G 3GPP NR standard including synchronization, coding, frame structure, and numerology components underlying the interconnection of the NR-compliant terminal and network.

The test configuration used by the trio is based on the largest C-band cell bandwidth defined by the 5G NR standard. It also incorporated Massive MIMO multi-antenna and beamforming technology enabled by the standard framework.

“After delivering leading contributions to the 3GPP’s work on 5G standards, Deutsche Telekom, Huawei and Intel moved swiftly to jointly achieve implementation progress through standards-based interoperability testing,” said Arash Ashouriha, SVP of Technology Innovation at Deutsche Telekom. “The successful testing in our 5G:haus operator environment is  another significant step on the path to 5G ecosystem maturity and early 5G commercialization.”

“The success of this testing in Bonn shows that Deutsche Telekom, Intel and Huawei continue to work closely to drive the commercial readiness of 5G NR,” said Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei’s 5G product line. “As the standard continues to be updated, Huawei will continue to work with all parties to step up additional interoperability tests and promote the 5G industry maturity process, and to welcome the arrival of the entire industry digitization.”

  • Private Networks in a 5G World

  • 5G Networking Digital Symposium

  • LIVE: Getting the Best out of 5G

  • 5G Ecosystem Digital Symposium

  • 2020 Vision Executive Summit

  • TechXLR8

  • BIG 5G Event

  • 5G World

  • 5G Latin America

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