The companies will engage in early trials and verification of key 5G technology components to support the technical work required for 3GPP standardization in Release 15, which is expected to be completed in 2018. In order to enable standards-compliant 5G infrastructure and devices to be available shortly after the completion of Release 15, the companies are also driving interoperability in alignment with 3GPP to enable rapid adoption of new 5G standards.
With decades of experience shaping the evolution of mobile technologies including 3G and 4G LTE, Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson are working on 5G research and development, standardization, interoperability testing and trials in cooperation with leading operators around the world.
This collaboration will further the goal of completing the first release of 3GPP 5G standards on time by supporting 3GPP with data from joint trials and will enable the two companies to perform early interoperability testing based on the evolving draft standard. Operators will be able to better understand the capabilities of 5G by trialing interoperable prototypes provided by the two companies with the intent of hastening the rollout of standards-compliant, commercial 5G infrastructure and devices.
In parallel with 5G development, Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson will continue leading advancements in 4G with 3GPP LTE Advanced Pro, pioneering new technologies such as LTE in unlicensed spectrum (including LTE-U, Licensed-Assisted Access and MulteFire™), LTE IoT (including eMTC and NB-IOT) and advanced antenna techniques that bring many of the capabilities and use cases envisioned for 5G into today's LTE networks. The recent successful testing of Gigabit-class LTE with a major operator is an example of how collaboration in 3GPP LTE Advanced Pro will pave the path to envisioning 5G use cases and user experiences.