China is planning on a large-scale commercial deployment of 5G in the first half of 2020. This will drive global players in telecommunication to catch up and seek for business expansion in China, according to industry insiders.
The test of pre-commercial deployment of 5G services is scheduled for the later half of year 2019.
It is expected that major global players in telecom, such as Intel, Qualcomm and Ericsson AB would forge partnerships with Chinese players. Against the backdrop of globalization, cross-industry and international partnerships will play a key role in 5G race.
In this June, Ericsson partnered with US tech titan Intel and China Mobile Research Institute, in order to complete a 5G call which is compliant with standards and specifications of cellular industry.
It marks a milestone on the path to 5G commercialization for Ericsson, who has spent years of efforts in research and standardization, according to Executive Vice President (since November 7, 2017) and Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson (since April 1, 2017).
Ericsson also said it will join hands with China Mobile to advance a 5G trial in Suzhou, East China’s Jiangsu Province, the place they will deploy and test the demonstration system.
The 5G call marks a milestone in the commercialization of 5G standards, and it can lay a solid foundation for China Mobile in its large-scale 5G field trial, said Huang Yuhong, deputy general manager of the CMRI.
5G is incredibly important for Intel, as Intel is advancing towards a new era featuring even more integrated computing and telecommunication platforms, Wu Geng, a chief technologist for wireless standards at Intel.
Earlier this year, US chipmaker Qualcomm announced a partnership with Chinese local phone maker Oppo. Oppo announced on August 28 that it had successfully realized the connection between 5G signals and data links using a pre-commercial 5G smartphone whose development is based on the model Oppo R15.
The handset of the phone is enabled by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G modem. The meaning of the successful test lies in that it validated key technologies for accelerating the development of 5G smartphones.
Qualcomm has been a driver in the evolution of wireless telecom networks, from 2G,3G to 4G, and 5G now. Qualcomm attended the first-ever CIIE held between November 5 and November 10 in Shanghai, to showcase its related innovations and seek for cooperation for more 5G solutions.
Chinese market is very important for Qualcomm, and the company will, as always, team up with Chinese counterparts for deep and extensive participation, according to Frank Meng, chairman of Qualcomm China.