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M1 and Huawei announce plans to begin end-to-end 5G live testing

By Marcus Wong - on 21 Jun 2018, 11:33am

M1 and Huawei announce plans to begin end-to-end 5G live testing

Following their achievement of Singapore's highest 5G transmission speeds last year, M1 and Huawei have just announced that they're going to jointly showcase 5G use cases in Singapore, starting with a live demonstration of 360-view Virtual Reality Content broadcast by the end of this month. 

The demonstration will use 5G equipment at M1's MiWorld building in Jurong, and use Huawei's 5G equipment operating at the 28GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) frequency band. A showcase of the network's potential to deliver enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) capabilities with peak download throughput exceeding 20Gbps based on 3GPP standards (a GSMA standards body), this demonstration would show how easily live streaming of VR/AR/MR content could be done in the future.

This live demo is a small but significant step in our journey towards next-generation 5G mobile networks. With the advancement in 5G and media technologies, immersive communication experience will continue to be enhanced and this will definitely have a profound impact on the way we work, learn, live and play in future Smart City - Mr. Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1.

We are pleased to partner with M1 on the 5G journey. Huawei will continue to invest heavily in the research and development of 5G key technologies and products, cooperate with global industry partners, and promote the implementation of 5G commercial deployments and a healthy industry ecosystem worldwide - Mr. Lei Hui, CEO of Huawei International.

M1 and Huawei have planned a number of key initiatives over the next 18 months to validate the latest 5G specifications as soon as the standards are finalized and commercial equipment is available for live deployment. The companies plan to kick off the first 3.5GHz with Non-Standalone (NSA) standards compliance field trial in Southeast Asia by end 2018, as well as the first 28GHz and 3.5GHz with Standalone (SA) standards compliance field trial in South East Asia by mid-2019.


Why use mmWave frequency bands for 5G communications?

As covered in an earlier report, 5G aims to cut down cellular transmission delays and to better accommodate services like autonomous vehicles, drones, and wireless health monitoring where quick response times are key. In order to do this, 5G networks are expected to utilize higher frequency bands not used by 4G today.

To do this, the 5G radio architecture will comprise of both sub 6GHz spectrum addressed by LTE Evolution's cmWave frequencies and New Radio Access Technology (NR) that is operable up to 100GHz using the millimeter wave (mmWave) bands.

One of the requirements defined by ITU for the fifth generation of mobile communications (5G) is enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) systems that should not only meet the significant requirements for capacity increase but also address the needs for higher user data rates. Due to the huge amount of available spectrum in the higher spectrum bands, the utilization of mmWave techniques is a promising way to achieve these rates.

However, the problem with high frequency bands is that they have more difficulty transmitting over long distances and through obstacles like buildings. As a result, mitigating technologies such as small cell networks need to be developed and deployed.

The first phase of frequency allocation for 5G (aligned by 3GPP) includes both sub-6GHz and mmWave bands. For mmWave bands 3GPP has approved 26GHz, 28GHz, 39GHz and 42GHz in Release 15 for 5G New Radio (NR).