Fisking Frost & Sullivan’s 5G Cars release

The thorny question of what 5G will be has been a hot topic for years now. However, in all the definitions, we haven’t seen many as, well, limited(?) as this press release from Frost & Sullivan. It seems the analyst has produced a report called The Global Advent of 5G in Cars. Not having stumped up the $6,500 for this report, Inside5G will not pass judgement on the actual report, but the press release advertising the report doesn’t instil confidence. Let’s…

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Imagine this… a new partner for 5GIC

5GIC, the live 5G test bed and research centre located at the university Of Surrey, has a new member partner – an expert in the building blocks of consumer and business communications products. The latest company to join the work is Imaginaton Technologies, which has announced it will be investing “significant resources” into 5GIC over the next five years. Imagination develops processors and licenses processing software to silicon and SoC developers, counting semiconductor manufacturers, operators and OEMs amongst its licensees.…

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DoCoMo now working with lucky 13 5G vendors

… as Nokia announces 5G to LAA and LTE interworking trials with the operator NTT DoCoMo has released the names of five more vendors it is working with on 5G research, bringing the total number of vendor engagements to 13. The latest five are Intel, Keysight Technologies, Panasonic, Qualcomm Technologies and Rohde & Schwarz. The operator will be working with these companies to widen the technical range of trials at its R&D Centre in Yokosuka, with work starting before the end of March…

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Deja Vu? Ericsson taking wideband antennas into the field with Softbank

Ericsson has said it is taking some 5G trials into the field with Softbank. Details in its release are sparse, beyond the usual 5G rhetoric (“common understanding of 5G use cases and deployment scenarios” etc). But it looks from this section quoted below that the company will be looking into wide bandwidth antennas and some higher frequencies, perhaps still in the sub-6GHz area as well as one higher band? (For reasons which will quickly become clear, Inside5G thinks this might…

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5Qs on 5G: With Alhussein Abouzeid, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Liberation Technology: Co-ordinating research in the USA and Finland, meeting the key 5G challenges. Alhussein Abouzeid is a Professor of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, USA. He also has a visiting Professor appointment with the Department of Communications Engineering at University of Oulu, Finland, which is funded by a Finnish Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) Fellow award from The Tekes Funding Agency for Innovation. He is also co-directing a cross-national effort called WiFiUS, wireless innovation between…

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Huawei’s turn to herald 5G-PPP leadership

With the EC’s 5G-PPP selecting and kicking off 19 5G research projects on 1 July 2015, most of the vendors involved have been fanfaring their involvement in the relevant projects. Ericsson, Nokia Networks and Alcatel-Lucent have all put out press releases hailing their leadership on this or that project. Today it is Huawei’s turn, with the Chinese giant point out that it is leading work in four projects and participating in a fifth. Here are the five. It’s notable how much Huawei has…

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Ericsson’s 5 use cases for 5G – nice job

Ericsson has been busy on its 5G website, with one interesting aspect has been its publicising this week of five key use cases it has identified for 5G. The use cases are not remarkable for their originality, but they do serve as a useful distillation of the 25 cases that NGMN threw at us earlier in the year. If nothing else they serve as a nice reminder of the sorts of things that 5G will have to do – and perhaps…

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FANTASTIC-5G starts its two year programme to research sub-6GHz 5G

Another week, another whackily named research project gets under way. After NORMA last week, this week those involved in the FANTASTIC-5G project get down to work. The project’s name is drawn from the following title words: Flexible Air iNTerfAce for Scalable service delivery wiThin wIreless Communication networks of the 5th Generation. As that suggests it wil focus on the air interface, specifically on developing “a new multi-service Air Interface (AI) for below 6 GHz through a modular design”. The project will develop technical components below and integrate…

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Vendors and operators combine to develop 5G architecture concepts

Telco architectures never die, they just decompose 5GPPP has brought together a clutch of major vendors and operators to work under its auspices on developing new concepts, and potentially commercialised technology, that would support a new architecture suitable for 5G. The key challenge of a 5G network architecture is to be able to allocate resources across multi-layer networks to service use cases with very different performance and security requirements. To do that from within a single 5G network will almost…

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NGMN to get cracking on 5G work programme

Business, technical, architecture, spectrum and IPR requirements all get dedicated work groups. NGMN, the operator-led group that would like to lead the industryb on 5G developments, has laid out its programme of workfor the rest of this year. NGMN’s aim is to build on its white paper release earlier this year – with NGMN partners having “committed a significant number of experts” to contribute to the work programmes. The group is clearly keen to build on the momentum established with…

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