KT, NTT, SK Telecom, Verizon form 5G Trial Alliance

5G network
Telecom network operators KT, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom and Verizon will form the 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance to develop a 5G network trial specification.

The 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance will focus on 5G radio interface trial activities and aims to provide the ability to test and validate key technical components. Coordination is already underway, with technical trials occurring in the 2016-2018 timeframe.

Telecom network vendors, chipset and device vendors, mobile operators, test equipment vendors, etc. will benefit from the 5G alliance.

Interestingly, top telecoms such as China Mobile and AT&T are not part of the current list of 5G alliance partners. Other key industry participants are expected to join the alliance in the future.

The trial specification will cover multiple spectrum bands, including bands above and below 6 GHz.