China Mobile Hong Kong has announced it has performed 5G network tests, successfully connecting non-5G devices and computers to its Wi-Fi access points via the customer’s equipment. Using the spectrum in the 28 GHz mmWave bandwidth with 800 MHz bandwidth, in addition to the 4×4 multiple-input multiple outputs (4×4 MIMO), China Mobile Hong Kong achieved top speeds of 14 Gbit/s. Its 5G tests also achieved indoor transmission speeds of 700 Mbps using a 3.5 GHz spectrum with a bandwidth of 100 MHz.
According to China Mobile Hong Kong, with compatible 5G smartphones still a year or more, devices will have to connect using such points of access Wi-Fi 5G. The carrier said its 5G network will be ready to “provide full services” once the spectrum is launched in Hong Kong, after opening a 5G innovation center and opening a laboratory in the region early this year.
China Mobile Hong Kong also announced the implementation of a narrowband Internet of Things project (NB-IoT) involving tree monitoring via sensor technology in Tai Tong, Yuen Long. The carrier said the deployment of 5G will allow it to expand the NB-IoT tree monitoring program across Hong Kong.
China Mobile Hong Kong has planned to build a 5GHz 5G network in selected locations by the end of the year to conduct a field test,” he added.
“The company is also working with partners to develop smart city-related applications, such as smart streetlights, to be better equipped for building the 5G networks and developing applications.”
China Mobile announced last month its finalization 5G interoperability and development tests (IODT) alongside Huawei and Intel, saying it would help accelerate the commercialization of 5G network equipment worldwide.
The tests, conducted in China Mobile’s research institute, allowed companies to use the C-band spectrum under the new 5G radio (5G NR). standards defined by 3GPP; 64T64R Massive MIMO antenna configuration; and the Intel 2T2R terminal.
According to Vice President of China Mobile Research Institute, Huang Yuhong, the company plans to release a version of its 5G commercial products by the end of 2018 and launch its first pre-commercial terminals in 2019.
“Interoperability testing based on 3GPP 5G NR will further enhance the business process of 5G. Huawei will actively work with operators and industry partners to promote the maturity of the Chinese 5G industry and help operators get the 5G commercial success “Yang Chaobin added in July.
The three companies said they would continue to cooperate on 5G testing.
China Mobile has invested heavily in R&D 5G and recently signed an agreement with HTC to work on 5G devices and infrastructure. The company has also worked with Nokia on 5G field tests.
While China Mobile and Huawei are working on 5G technology, the US government is actively trying to prevent any Chinese networking company from entering its telecommunications market.
Last month, the executive branch advised the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to refuse entry China Mobile, citing “substantial and unacceptable risks to the application of US law and foreign intelligence gathering”.
The Trump Administration is considering setting standards for a 5G national mobile network to prevent Chinese dominance in the industry, alleged government documents leaked in January revealed.
The CIA, FBI, NSA, and the national intelligence director of the Senate Intelligence Committee also recommended in February that the Americans do not use products from Huawei and ZTE.