March 15, 2016 — Fifth generation wireless partnerships are accelerating. Intel is getting in deep with such players as Nokia, Ericsson, LG, and others. And when players like Intel get serious, it is a good sign that progress is happening. For example:
• Intel and Ericsson are collaborating with mobile operators on 5G solutions and engaging in joint trials as an extension of the current partnership in network transformation, cloud and the IoE.
• Intel said it expects to implement 5G trials in 2018 with Korean telco SK Telecom. Those trials are set to develop and verify 5G wireless technology and associated devices, virtual network platforms and joint standardization efforts. They also plan, this year, to develop and verify 5G mobile device and network solutions, as well as devices for licensed assisted access technology in unlicensed spectrum bands.
• In another initiative, Intel and LG plan to jointly develop and test 5G telematics technology for next-generation cars.
• Nokia and Intel are also set to collaborate on pre-standard 5G radio technologies and network solutions designed to enable early implementation of both 5G mobile client and wireless infrastructure, as well as interoperability of 5G radio technologies to meet the device connectivity requirements for future wireless networks.
• Verizon Communications and Intel are conducting field trials for 5G wireless solutions through the Verizon 5G Technology Forum using millimeter wave spectrum to deliver connectivity.
• Other partners include NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Cisco Systems, Huawei and ZTE.