Intel has announced its platform will be the first to support the upcoming standards for 5G.

The company said its 5G Mobile Trial Platform will support the 5G non-standalone new radio (NR) standard when it is finalised by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) later this year.

Vice-president of client and Internet of Things businesses and systems architecture, and general manager of next generation and standards at Intel, Asha Keddy said: “When the non-standalone NR specification is finalised, Intel will be ready to quickly begin work with the leading telecommunications equipment manufacturers (TEMs) to make sure the radio access network and the device side successfully operate within the initial NR standard.”

She explained that Intel would also be joining with operators to “take non-standalone NR out of the lab and begin testing it in real-world situations”. According to Ms Keddy, this boost in the speed of development means Intel will be able to help the industry meet targets to deploy commercial 5G services before 2020, when the industry currently expects the service to debut.

Ms Keddy went on to say that Intel’s high performance processors will allow TEMs to test interoperability with devices sooner, which will allow operators to take the platform into “real-world situations” earlier, and enable standards bodies to collect data for final specs faster.

At last year’s Mobile World Congress, Intel announced its 5G Mobile Trial Platform and, since then, has been collaborating with TEMs including Ericsson and Nokia. Intel has also taken part in trials with network operators around the world.

According to Ms Keddy, 5G can only happen when the network, cloud and device all come together to introduce a powerful end-to-end solution.

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