Ethernet in the fronthaul opening up 5G potential

Research into ways to extend intelligence and monitoring capabilities into fronthaul connectivity may be a key enabler for developing new 5G network architectures, according to Kent University’s Nathan Gomes. Kent University has been researching the use of Ethernet for fronthaul, and the challenges associated with that, as lead member of the iCIRRUS project, which is part of the EU’s Horizon2020 programme. Gomes’ team is also investigating where to site intelligence in the network – whether to have smart or  dumb Remote Radio…

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ZTE’s “pre-5G” multi user shared access simulation shows potential capacity increase

ZTE has released a few more details of an interference cancellation “pre-5G” technology that it terms Multi-User Shared Access (MUSA). The company said simulations of an algorithm that is designed to allow multiple users to transmit at the same time in overloaded cells had shown system capacity could be increased by three times. “will help operators exponentially enhance the access rate and overall network capacity by leveraging existing resources” ZTE briefly explained its MUSA algorithm by saying it exploits the power differentials of transmitters (the so-called near-far…

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Nokia makes 5G positioning key part of Alcatel-Lucent merger

Nokia made 5G R&D one of its key rationales for its  €15.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) . “France will be home to a huge R&D headquarter, as well as a 5G innovation centre” The merger means that Nokia now boast ALU’s strength in Cloud and IP routing areas , whilst it will locate a 5G/Small Cell research and development centre in France. CEO Rajeev Suri also called out 5G as one of the key capabilities converged operators will need to compete successfully…

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5Qs on 5G: With NYU WIRELESS

Professor Elza Erkip is at the forefront of NYU WIRELESS, a research centre at the Polytechnic School of Engineering at New York University. The centre recently hosted the second Brooklyn 5G Summit alongside Nokia Networks, and Erkip was on hand to speak about what the annual forum is all about. What is the purpose of the summit and what did it hope to achieve? The Brooklyn 5G Summit is an invitation-only event co-sponsored by Nokia Networks and NYU WIRELESS, the…

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Ericsson and Scania to research 5G-enabled transport

Autonomous buses and improved traffic management systems could be just two of many transport solutions enabled by 5G, with Ericsson leading the drive for futuristic infrastructure in Sweden. “Our expectation is to develop and introduce new products and new business models … for the transport sector” It will join forces with Swedish automotive manufacturer Scania and domestic academic institution the Royal Institute of Technology in an “Integrated Transport Research Lab”, where the trio will explore how next-generation networks could enhance transportation.…

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QEOS and NUTAQ Claim Complete Solution For Massive MIMO test and development

Californian company QEOS has teamed up with Nutaq to produce what it believes is a complete development solution for 5G Massive MIMO applications . The companies are pairing Nutaq’s Titan MIMO-X series baseband processing engine with QEOS’s multi-gigabit, single-chip mmWave radio, the QW6032. “We are convinced that this partnership will benefit the research on 5G objectives” A portfolio of co-designed, high-gain integrated antennas will also feature, as the companies strive to reduce cost and form factor. ‘mmWave spectrum will be centric…

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Nokia and NI Demo 10Gbps Speeds Over mmWave Spectrum

Nokia Networks and National Instruments have kickstarted the conversation about spectrum once again at the Brooklyn 5G Summit with their 10Gbps speed demonstration. The system operated over the air in the mmWave spectrum, at 73GHz, and Nokia claims that the speeds ‘will offer users enough capacity wherever they go to perform every function they desire without a drop in speed or connection, no matter how many people are connected ’. “one of the world leaders in characterising high-frequency spectrum” Lauri…

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More Mitsubishi Antenna Tests For 5G

Mitsubishi Electric is showing a 5G Active Phased Array Antenna prototype in conjunction with Nokia Networks at the Brooklyn 5G Summit this week. ““APAA” technology is already used commercially” Whilst the “APAA” technology is already used commercially in satellites and other systems, the Japanese company is adapting it to use the 3.5GHz frequency band, with four-beam spatial multiplexing achieved with a multi-element antenna as well as beamforming control of the direction of radio signal transmission and reception for two-dimensional vertical and horizontal scanning.…

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Korea Watch: want to lead in 5G? Easy, move HQ to a new building

LG UPlus claims that its (admittedly quite impressive-looking) new headquarters will help push the carrier to the front of the race for 5G. “the company will leap into a number one position in the field of the next fifth-generation mobile network” ‘With the relocation to a new head office building, the company will leap into a number one position in the field of the next fifth-generation mobile network  and Internet of Things technology,’ said a company official. ‘LG Uplus has changed…

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Can Nokia afford to back Europe too hard on 5G?

Nokia Networks CTO, Hossein Moiin, has spoken out on his hopes for spectrum and suggested that Europe is the natural leader for 5G technology. Speaking to Mobile World Live, Moiin claimed that spectrum was a key enabler for the next-generation network. ‘I believe that this spectrum will be granted to us in 2019 so commercial deployment can only begin after that,’ he said. “real mass-deployment can only begin post-2020” ‘However, we will have standardised versions available, perhaps as early as…

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