AT&T, Vodafone, NTT DOCOMO, Nokia, and Huawei come together to promote unified 5G ecosystem

AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, Vodafone, Ericsson, Huawei, China Mobile, Intel, Keysight, MediaTek, Nokia, Qualcomm, Rohde & Schwarz, ZTE, and Datang are united to promote global 5G standards through 5G testing, trials, and cooperation. In a Global 5G Test Summit, the telecom operators, vendors, and vertical industry partners planned to build a unified end-to-end (E2E) ecosystem.

All partners, according to the statement will facilitate and ensure high-quality and competitive 3GPP 5G specification by June 2018 for release 15 and December 2019 for release 16, building a unified 5G E2E ecosystem for seamless global roaming, and enlarging the global market scale for the low cost.

To achieve the large-scale commercialization of 5G in 2020, this move of Teleco’s will strengthen cooperation with global industry partners to facilitate a unified and high-quality 3GPP 5G specification, accelerate the maturity of the 5G industry through testing and trials, and explore new services, applications, and business models.

“Through advanced testing and trials, we’re addressing key standards issues early in order to accelerate standards and provide the fastest path to large-scale, global 5G deployment,” said Tom Keathley, senior vice president- wireless network architecture and design, at AT&T.

“Standards are the foundation of new technologies, and it is Nokia’s firm belief that the implementation of robust standards will be pivotal to the long-term success of 5G, and all the new business opportunities that it will create,” said Hossein Moiin, Chief Technology Officer of the Mobile Networks business group at Nokia.

“It is important that, as an industry, we work together towards a global 5G standard to ensure timely interoperability trials and commercial deployments”, said Durga Malladi, senior vice president of Qualcomm.