5G Initiative Gains A Key Member

Keysight Technologies has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CMCC (China Mobile Communication Corporation) in support of the 5G Device Forerunner Initiative project. The program’s large-scale 5G trials aim to accelerate development and industry maturity of 5G devices.


The 5G Device Forerunner Initiative, established by CMCC at MWC 2018, brings together more than 20 of the industry's most influential and capable chipset manufacturers, component manufacturers and end-solution providers to form a strong industry ecosystem, encouraging 5G device innovation and accelerating 5G device commercialization. To address the project’s goal of delivering mature 5G chipsets, devices, components and instruments that meet China Mobile's requirements, the large-scale 5G trials rely on Keysight’s suite of industry-first 5G NR network emulation solutions to perform device characterization, design validation and conformance verification.

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The project aims to accomplish full protocol stack development based on 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) 3GPP Release 15 as well as complete interoperability tests with at least one chipset platform. The project will also gain Global Certification Forum (GCF) approval for a 5G RF and protocol test platform and a majority of associated GCF mandated test cases. For more insights, visit Keysight in 5G.


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