SKT and Nokia release few details on SDN EPC trial

SK Telecom and Nokia appear to have been carrying out SDN EPC trials, validating the ability to control distributed user plane elements from a centralised control plane functions. The separation of control and user plane, abstracting control from the forwarding elements, is of course the definition of SDN. Although not specifically a 5G technology it seems highly likely that 5G networks will need to lean on SDN to enable the delivery of different service classes across the network from a common…

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5Qs on 5G: Rohde & Schwarz sits our test on testing

The latest to take our quick 5G questionnaire is Arnd Sibila, Technology Marketing Manager, Rohde & Schwarz. Arnd brings a test perspective to 5G, with R&S involved in supporting many of the research initiatives current in Europe and globally at the moment. The crucial questions are, will 5G require new test capabilities, and if so, what are they?  What is R&S’s role in the development of 5G? As 5G requirements are becoming clearer, it also becomes apparent that these requirements are extremely challenging…

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No, the ITU has not defined 5G as a 20Gbps technology

Erdogan Syndrome award* to… the blogosphere You may have read that the ITU has decided that for a network to be considered 5G – which means it will conform to IMT2020 recommendations – it must offer peak speeds of 20Gbps. Headlines such as these (below) all give the impression that the ITU has just decided what 5G will offer in terms of peak speeds: ITU defines 5G as a 20Gbs per second network ITU defines 5G as speed of 20…

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Small Cell Forum outlines the role it wants in 5G

The Small Cell Forum believes it can make a unique contribution to the development of 5G by drawing on its knowledge and experience in small cell design and deployment. To make its case clear it has produced a document outlining where it thinks it can contribute the most. The main thrust of the Forum’s thinking is that 5G will in large part see denser networks and smaller cells – with  implications for future standards, including the need for new levels of…

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ITU agrees to call IMT-2020… IMT-2020, sets next steps for 5G

The ITU-R working group dedicated to IMT-2o2o (the group looking at the radio bit of 5G, to you and me) has just finished a week long meeting in San Diego. To mark the event the ITU produced a press release on the results of the meeting. These appear to be: 1. It’s going to call its work in this area IMT-2020. Which is, of course, what it is already calling its work in this area. Did it take a week…

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Alcatel-Lucent forges 5G research partnership with leading German university

Alcatel-Lucent will work closely with Technische Universitát Dresden as they look to develop key 5G technologies. Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, will fund the research partnership with the university’s 5G Lab Germany to further understand and drive 5G requirements and solutions. The collaboration will focus initially on two areas of research: the use of multiple device-to-radio connections to enhance reliability, and further analysis of the proposed 5G air interface. The agreement continues the trend of using university-led research to assist the development of…

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German University To Lead Research for Nokia’s 5G Architecture

The University of Kaiserslautern has pledged to bring new thinking to Nokia Networks after the Finnish giant pledged to sponsor its research into 5G network architecture. “network architecture will play an important role” With 5G set to be made up of complex multi-layer and multi-technology networks, changes are required in telecommunications architecture. Nokia Networks has decided to link up with the German university, which it describes as ‘an academic leader in network architecture research’. ‘5G is not only about new radio…

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University of Bristol Showcase (Potentially 5G) Full Duplex Tech

The University of Bristol will demonstrate a prototype for single antenna full–duplex radio, a candidate air interface technology for 5G which could double the capacity of wireless systems. “the preferred choice for operators when upgrading to 5G networks” Full-duplex radio is a transceiver which can transmit and receive at the same time and in the same frequency band. The prototype will have electrical balance duplexing to allow for this dual capability. A spokesperson claimed it will be ‘the preferred choice…

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EU and Japan Sign €12m 5G Co-Op

The European Union and Japan have agreed to co-operate on 5G and will plough €12 million into 5G development projects over the next two years. The deal, which was announced on Friday, details that the pair will collaborate on standards, identifying new harmonised radio band frequencies for spectrum and co-operate on 5G applications such as connected cars and e-health. “our countries are ready to take leadership in building our digital future” ‘Our agreement with Japan is a milestone on the…

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