Huawei revealed that it had conducted 5G network experiments with New Zealand operator Spark, emphasizing the separation of core and edge. The two companies had already implemented 5G millimeter-wave calls through the experimental network, according to a report on technology website Zhiding Top Net on November 22. The experimental network uses C-band and millimeter-wave spectrum at Spark5G Laboratory in Auckland, New Zealand.
Huawei said that the multi-vendor trial network of Cisco EPC and Hua5GNR and RAN "completely isolated" each component.
"This is Huawei's fourth year of strategic partnership with Spark, and we are proud to be able to conduct this multi-vendor 5G test in Auckland. This field test fully conforms to the industry standard of 3GPP Release 15, and proves that the existing network can evolve smoothly from 4G to 5G.
Spark announced in August that it planned to deploy a 5G network by 2020. The New Zealand telecom operator outlined its pilot and base station densification projects.