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A trio of tech and telecom giants said Tuesday they successfully tested 5G interoperability in an operator environment for the first time.

The interoperability and development testing was conducted in an operator lab environment in Deutsche Telekom's native Bonn, Germany, and utilized a Huawei 5G commercial base station and Intel's 5G NR Mobile Trial Platform.

The demonstration validated 5G New Radio standards established by 3GPP in December, including synchronization, coding, frame structure and numerology components, the companies said. It incorporated Massive MIMO technology and used the largest C-band cell bandwidth defined by the 3GPP standard.

The companies, which initially verified 5G interoperability in Huawei’s Shanghai labs, said the test accelerates the 5G ecosystem en route to the early development of commercial 5G equipment next year.

"The successful testing in our 5G:haus operator environment is another significant step on the path to 5G ecosystem maturity and early 5G commercialization," Deutsche Telekom SVP Arash Ashouriha said in a statement.

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