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5G research and development roadmap outlined by China

January 18, 2015

China's plan to test for 5G was outlined by the head of the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, Cao Shumin, at the '5G technology R&D testing' launch meeting, hosted by the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Mobile World Live reports.

The IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group will carry out China's 5G technology research and development (R&D) tests, under the leadership of the MIIT. The National Science and Technology Major Project will also be supporting the tests.

This project aims to boost 5G R&D and the development of industry while supporting the creation of 5G to international standards. However, what comprises 5G standards is not likely to be sanctioned until 2017, at the earliest.

The 5G tests will be separated into two key stages, Cao, who is also president of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), said.

The first stage will run from 2015 to 2018 and will focus on 5G technology R&D tests. This will then be segmented further into three separate phases. The second stage is set to take place between 2018 and 2020 and will work on product R&D tests.

CAICT will organize the initial technology tests, with the support of equipment vendors, operators and scientific research organizations. The latter stages will be under the organization of the country's operators, supported by research institutions and equipment vendors.

Building a unified platform from which to carry out tests of main technologies, technical solutions and systems is the first step, Cao said.

5G technology R&D tests will be conducted by the Promotion Group at their facilities in Beijing's Huairou and Shunyi districts.

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