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Huawei Takes 5G Supremacy Shot at ZTE

January 18, 2019 / Anne Morris

Huawei has claimed the upper hand against rival ZTE by completing a 5G New Radio (NR) trial in the 2.6 GHz spectrum band. The latest proclamation comes as both China-based vendors look to put a torrid 2018 behind them. The two vendors are vying to take the lead in 5G testing under the aegis of the IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group, which was established in 2013 as China’s platform to promote 5G research in that country. The 5G R&D trial established three separate phases for verifying a 5G solution: key technologies, technical solutions, and system networking. The third phase was initiated in November 2017, and Huawei and ZTE have now made announcements of successful tests for that phase. Earlier this month, ZTE claimed it had “taken the lead” in completing third-phase 5G tests for core network performance stability and security function, “fully verifying the maturity of ZTE’s 5G core network.” Specifically, the test involved the performance of the NF...