Keysight Technologies announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with KT Corporation, South Korea's largest telephone company, which was signed at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. The two companies will collaborate on advanced 4G and 5G new radio (NR) technologies, with the goal to accelerate the commercial deployment of 5G.

The MoU was signed to reinforce the collaboration between the two companies on technology development for 5G NR and advanced 4G to support KT trials and commercial deployment plans. Keysight will share guidance and insight on 5G NR technology development and testing of 5G infrastructure and UE testing for sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands. Keysight's expertise will enable the development of over-the-air (OTA) and mmWave beamforming calibration test methodologies that KT will use to develop relevant test procedures.

The two will collaborate to accelerate evaluation of 5G NR test and measurement solutions, including first-to-market 5G network and UE emulation solutions that scale from early R&D testing to validation and performance of the devices and networks as they are deployed. KT will also benefit from using Keysight's 5G NR software solutions that cover the full product design cycle with simulation, signal creation and analysis. Keysight's solutions for advanced 4G configurations including multi-band, multi-carrier aggregation and higher-order MIMO, which will aid KT's transition from 4G to 5G.

Jeon Hongbeam, the executive vice president responsible for the Infrastructure Laboratory-Institute of Convergence Technology at KT Corporation, said, "We are delighted to collaborate with Keysight as their leading test and measurement expertise and solutions for 5G will enable us to execute on our commercial deployment plans more efficiently and reliably."

Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of the wireless devices and operators segment at Keysight, said, "Keysight is pleased to extend our collaboration with KT, one of the world's leading 5G mobile operators, from early deployment to commercial deployment, utilizing recently ratified standards for 5G NR."

KT Corporation offers mobile services and fixed-line telephone services, including local, domestic long-distance and international long distance fixed-line and voice over internet protocol telephone services, as well as interconnection services.