Qualcomm and Deutsche Telekom team on first LTE Direct operator trial in Germany

BARCELONA, Spain - Qualcomm Technologies and Deutsche Telekom are collaborating on the first LTE Direct operator trial in Germany.

The trial aims to showcase the benefits of LTE Direct technology and how it can be used to generate new market opportunities in mobile apps and services. LTE Direct is a device-to-device platform that enables the continuous discovery of thousands of devices and services, while maintaining privacy and battery efficiency.

Using LTE allows always-on and autonomous discovery, which is scalable and provides a universal framework for discovering and connecting proximate peers. The technology is expected to be an operator-owned platform that enables the next generation of proximity-based services. This platform operates in licensed spectrum and relies on the LTE physical layer.

"We are participating in this trial because LTE Direct promises new opportunities in the mobile ecosystem," said Thomas Kiessling, chief product and innovation officer at Deutsche Telekom. "Teaming up with leading technology companies to explore the full potential of LTE is decisive for operators like us."

Matt Grob, Qualcomm's chief technology officer, said the trial with Deutsche Telekom is "an excellent opportunity for the application developer community to demonstrate a number of unique applications and services working on LTE Direct."

The trial is an important step in driving the development of the ecosystem and enabling commercialisation of the technology, claimed Qualcomm. The upcoming trial would be enabled by trial devices from Qualcomm Technologies, Samsung, and LTE Direct-enabled base stations.

Standardisation of LTE Direct in a 3GPP Release 12 is expected to be completed at the end of this year.

For more:
- see this Qualcomm announcement

Related articles:
NSN's Corker talks small cells, the transition to LTE and the reality of '5G'
NGMN pushes for operator-focused 5G standard
NGMN recommendation on base station antenna standards
NSN on path to 5G, but LTE still watchword for Europe
Huawei predicts first 5G networks will go live in 2020