Telefonica, IMDEA to open Spain’s first 5G lab

Ericsson first vendor on board Spain is to get its first 5G lab, opening in November. The centre, called 5TONIC, was developed with the backing of  Telefónica and IMDEA Networks and the companies want it to be a place where actual real world, pragmatic tests can be undertaken It says this will make it “the first laboratory in Europe that proposes taking on such investigative processes from an eminently practical point of view” – although that might be disputed by the centres in…

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SK Telecom steps up cmWave research to 19.1Gbps throughput

SK Telecom and Nokia Networks have said that they have achieved a max throughput of 19.1Gbps over the air, using 8x8MIMO and 256 QAM in 400MHz of bandwidth. The two companies said they had demonstrated downlink transmission from an access point operating in cmWave (6-30GHz) frequencies to a test device. Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer, SK Telecom, said: ” With the world’s first demonstration of the cmWave technology, we have reached a significant milestone towards realising 5G. The 19.1Gbps…

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Regional 5G bodies plan to get together and form two Global 5G Events

The main regional bodies involved in developing 5G in the Americas, Europe and Asia have signed an agreement to consolidate the growing number of regional events into two, biannual, Global 5G events. 4G Americas, (Americas), The Fifth Generation Mobile Communications Promotion Forum (5GMF) (Japan), 5G Forum (Republic of Korea), IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group (non-profit organization, China) and The 5G Infrastructure Association – Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) (Europe) have all signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly organise two events per…

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5G without borders: defining a European one stop shop for 5G infrastructure services

One of the promises of 5G is that it will bring about a transformation not just in network technology but in operator business models. Indeed the two are symbiotic: arguably 5G cannot happen without this transformation, and this transformation can only happen with 5G. One of the principal drivers of that transformation will be the ability to provide new service capabilities to enterprise “verticals”. And one of the principal drivers of those new service capabilities will be a network that can deliver…

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Ericsson to fund new 5G research projects in Brazil

Ericsson has said it will invest in new research projects to expand its presence in 5G research in Brazil, where it already sponsors 5G radio research with the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). The new projects will be based at the University of São Paulo (USP) and University of Campinas (UNICAMP), and will start work in 2017. The new research* will focus on three areas: advanced MiMo, device to device radio resource allocation, and sensor networks. D2D systems are one proposed mechanism for enabling…

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NTT DoCoMo completes macrocell trial of MU-MIMO, plus new waveforms and coding

Huawei and DOCOMO Collaborate on Large-Scale Field Trial of New Radio Access Technology Huawei announced today a large-scale field trial of new radio access technologies conducted jointly with NTT DOCOMO in an outdoor test site in Chengdu, China. The trial saw Huawei was stream live video of trial activity to its booth at the CEATEC JAPAN 2015 trade show at Makuhari Messe in Chiba. The trial was of large-scale Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO), with a concurrent connectivity of 24 user devices in the macro-cell environment on…

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5G-PPP mmMagic project given OK for live mmWave trial in France

One of the two operators contributing to the mmMagic (Millimetre-Wave Based Mobile Radio Access Network for Fifth Generation Integrated Communications) project has been given permission by its national regulator to conduct trials in bands over 6GHz. Orange has been told by French regulator ARCEP that it can carry out trials until the end of 2016 in (as yet unspecified bands) between 6-100GHz in the town of Belfort. mmMagic began its work in July 2015, and is a two year project within…

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InterDigital and Sony to expand IoT research into 5G

A joint venture set up by Sony and InterDigital to research IoT communications will expand its scope to include 5G technologies. Convida Wireless, the name given to the JV, will also license a patent from Interdigital as part of the new deal. Convida Wireless was launched in 2013 as a joint venture to combine Sony’s consumer electronics nous with InterDigital’s Internet of Things (IoT) comms IP to drive new research in IoT communications and other connectivity areas. With this newer agreement, Convida Wireless’ focus will…

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