5G at MWC: a preview of who is doing what in 5G at MWC

Like it or not, and many don’t, 5G is going to be a major theme at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. Time will tell if the demos we will see will be justified headliners or merely attempts to be seen to be doing something relevant to 5G. But with the event just days away, ‘Inside5G’ takes a look at what 5G demos and news we can expect to see at Mobile World Congress. Gathering of the clans – industry bodies…

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Ericsson improves interaction on 5G test bed before MWC

Ericsson is looking to show off improvements to its latest 5G radio test bed, having added 5G-LTE Dual Connectivity and 5G Multipoint Connectivity to its demo line-up at the Mobile World Congress next week. The technology is focused on interaction between mobile devices and the radio access network. 5G-LTE Dual Connectivity allows devices to hand over connection between LTE and 5G radio access coverage areas whilst 5G Multipoint Connectivity connects a mobile device to two 5G base stations simultaneously, improving…

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5G World Alliance opens for business

Just as Inside 5G begins its task of plotting who is doing what (see our 5Qs on 5G) to develop and design 5G technology, along comes a new industry alliance – this time coming at 5G from another direction. The animators this time are those behind IPv6 standardisation – with the founding chair of the 5GWA founding being Latif Ladid, President of the IPv6 Forum and a 3GPP Board member since 1999. The 5GWA mission is to get Telecom, Internet and Content…

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Nokia to showcase working 5G radio equipment at MWC

Nokia Neworks has announced that it will be coming to the Mobile World Congress with a bag full of 5G tricks including two working prototypes of new radio equipment, Internet of Things security and an LTE-M demo with Korea Telecom. The Finnish company will be showing off ‘5G radio equipment’ operating on new millimetre and centimetre wave bands to achieve high capacities, and incorporating new frame structures to achieve single-digit millisecond latency. The idea that much lower latencies require much shorter frame lengths…

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Freescale and Bell Labs team up to create 5G ‘Universal Remote Node’

Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs and Freescale Semiconductor today claimed that they will create an industry-first ‘universal remote node’ that can be used for any combination of wireline and wireless connections as they target network evolution towards 5G. By the first quarter of 2017, the pair plan to unveil a proof of concept of the technology, which the companies said would take the form of a universal access device that can support both wireline and 5G wireless processing in a single architecture. Such…

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5G race picks up speed with Millimetre Wave Solution

Xilinx and BEEcube believe they have shortened the race to next-generation networks after they delivered ‘the world’s first millimetre wave prototyping platform solution for pioneering development of 5G applications.’ The duo are calling it ‘a complete ‘out of the box’ solution addressing the 60GHz backhaul market’ and claim it will enable the modelling of innovative mmWave designs immediately. It also looks like the technology will be demonstrated at MWC next month. “the introduction of this mmWave prototyping solution fills a huge…

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Rahman Jamal: How We Can Reach 5G

Image Credit: all-electronics.de Rahman Jamal, of National Instruments, has clarified a few ways in which 5G can turn from a speculative concept into a deployable technology in an article on ‘TechWeekEurope’. The global technology and marketing director of the company claims that technology such as ‘New 5G waveforms, network densification, massive MIMO, and mmWave communications may be incrementally deployed along a time curve and as such are not mutually exclusive and may be complementary’. To reach unprecedented data rates and…

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5Qs on 5G: With 4G Americas

Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas, answers ‘5Qs on 5G’ for Inside 5G’s latest episode of the series. 4G Americas flexed its muscles in terms of 5G with the release of a public white paper last year; and Pearson’s outlines the associations efforts to balance its work fostering and supporting 4G and 5G innovation. 1. What is the main purpose of your involvement in 5G? 4G Americas strives to further the progress of mobile technologies in the Americas region, and specifically in…

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Wearable Tech is main 5G use case says ZTE

Image Credit: ZTE ZTE’s chief scientist Xiang Jiying thinks wearable technology will be the major use case in the 5G revolution and has opened up on the Chinese’s company’s plans to lead the way into next generation network. ‘It will be able to support 10 times more devices compared with 4G’, he said, whilst speaking to the Wall Street Journal. ‘Wearable devices like smart glasses and smartwatches will start to play more central roles. Right now, wearable devices are not…

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EE looks to lead way in 5G

EE’s latest £1.5 billion investment plans not only commit to a greater rollout of 4G, but also lay the foundations for the operator to be “a global leader in 5G”. The UK-based operator, currently in the process of a £12.5 billion takeover by BT, announced the hefty investments on Wednesday 11th February and principle network architect, Professor Andy Sutton, was keen to speak of EE’s move towards the next generation. ‘We’ve invested in 4G, now we’re investing in 5G so…

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