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KT, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom and Verizon have agreed to form a new global initiative, the 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance, to develop an aligned 5G trial specification that will serve as a common, extendable platform for different 5G trial activity around the world. It will focus on technical fundamentals and promote a more inclusive, open and collaborative approach to the development of 5G trial networks, including 5G radio interface trial activities and providing the ability to test and validate key technical components.

So far KT, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Verizon, as well as some of their key suppliers have committed to the initiative, and other key industry participants are expected to join the alliance in the future. ""Our trial specification is intended to be in public to accelerate the ecosystem to bring 5G to market,"" they say.

They parties say coordination is already underway, with technical trials occurring in the 2016-2018 timeframe. The development of the trial specification will allow a variety of different industry partners (network vendors, chipset/device vendors, operators, test equipment vendors, etc) to join and contribute. The trial specification will cover multiple spectrum bands, including bands above and below 6GHz.

In a statement they said: ""The trial specification will be neutral and is not intended to limit on-going standardization discussions and decisions that will be happening in 3GPP. Rather its objective is to provide a common trial platform where different technology components can be trialed and evaluated in order to provide a better understanding of the value and performance of different 5G technologies. This can provide valuable input in the upcoming 3GPP discussions, by complementing simulation studies with real data from different trial deployments.""

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