Samsung and Nokia will work together to ensure the vendors’ respective product portfolios are aligned with 5G specifications

Samsung and Nokia today announced a collaboration to ensure the vendors’ respective product portfolios are aligned with 5G specifications.

Both companies agree that the transition to 5G, as well as its early commercial success, will be dependent in large part on the mobile industry’s ability to establish strong multi-vendor-compatible solutions that address a rapidly growing number of new use cases.

The two companies have been in collaboration talks since early last year and have since completed initial phases of interoperability testing.

The compliance with Verizon 5GTF and Korean Telecom SIG specifications are a primary focus, and Samsung and Nokia will continue with lab testing throughout 2017, says Samsung.

Engineers from each company will work to ensure compatibility and performance between Samsung’s 5G Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) devices, which provide home 5G connectivity, and Nokia’s AirScale radio access.

These devices are expected to see critical deployments in markets such as the U.S. and Korea throughout 2017 and 2018, to ensure wide scale commercial 5G deployments by 2020, according to Samsung.

“With 5G, network architecture is becoming increasingly flexible in order to accommodate completely new use cases, such as Fixed Wireless Access,” said Paul Kyungwhoon Cheun, Executive Vice President of Next-Generation Communications, Samsung Electronics.

“Ensuring that everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goals is a huge part of building a healthy 5G ecosystem. Samsung is building the infrastructure and devices to ensure an end-to-end 5G solution. While we are working with device chipset vendors to ensure the widest selection of devices for operators, we are also happy to work with Nokia networks to ensure operators can use our 5G devices freely.”

5G is expected to enable an unprecedented number of new use cases and exciting new services for both consumers and a range of different industries.

For instance, 5G will be as important to autonomous cars as 4G has been to mobile phones.

The technology will help cars change lanes, recognize signals and draw up accurate maps. 5G will also help vehicles communicate in order to scope out road and weather conditions.

Verizon said a couple of days ago that it will trial 5G pre-commercial services in 11 cities in the U.S. as it runs its network through its paces.

This 5G network is being built with Verizon partners Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung.